The Empty Space Peter Brook Awards celebrate innovation and pioneering concepts in smaller theatre spaces in the spirit of multi-award winning director Peter Brook, ‘our greatest living theatre director’. Now in their 27th year, the Awards were founded by theatre critic Blanche Marvin.
Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award aims to recognise and further develop ensemble work within studio theatres and is aimed at helping a company with continued funding.
Other nominees for best Equity Ensemble were Antic Disposition, Bike Shed Theatre and 1927.
Amit Lahav, Gecko’s Artistic Director said: “This is a beautiful shot in the arm. So often our focus as artists and makers is to push forward with drive and commitment as we seek to create the best work possible. This can feel like a lonely passion. Just to know there is a kind hand on your back willing you on, is something very touching and meaningful. As for the word ensemble, this has real significance and value for us as the very notion runs through the veins of Gecko. Be that a shared breath on stage, or a sense of unity which is shared throughout the company, marked so poignantly by the entire companies efforts to recreate our Missing set which was lost to the fire at BAC last year, ensemble encapsulates our identity and as artists and leaders in these troubling times, we feel our commitment to this value has an important role in society.”
‘This is the essence of art and art in theatre is a precious gift’. Blanche Marvin, emptyspaceSTUDIO London Theatreviews, Missing, BAC 12.03.15****
In the picture: Amit Lahav (Artistic Director) and Rosalind Wynn (Executive Producer) at the Awards ceremony.