I was inspired recently to see how Gecko used physical theatre techniques in their production “Institute”. Alongside the humour, powerful physical images, narrative and set, I was fascinated by the unique way Gecko communicates through the universal language of movement as opposed to depending on the spoken word. With my ambition to use theatre in the future as a means of communicating and inspiring those in other countries, Gecko has revealed the effectiveness of physical theatre as a tool of communication and demonstrated that language is not necessarily restricted to a verbal level.
When the opportunity arose for a week’s Work Experience in the Gecko office, I could think of no better place to learn about the business side of managing a Theatre Company, because of my admiration for their performances and their success in taking productions to international audiences.
Both Pippa and Belinda were so lovely and welcoming! Despite their hectic schedule, they always managed to find time to answer my questions or explain aspects of the company e.g. job roles, funding, current projects etc. The week itself included a variety of different tasks; designing a leaflet for the new Admin Internship, updating national and international mailing lists, watching technical rehearsals with the cast at Dance East, and culminating in a sharing of their new production ‘The Wedding’. Although I was expecting to work mainly within the office, I also had an insight into the creative aspects too! I am interested to find out how this piece develops.
From just one week working within the office I realised the amount of organisation, time, work, and multitasking needed in managing the company! The creative would not be possible without the office and I feel that it’s important for anyone with the ambition to set up a theatre company to understand and experience this!
I have left Gecko with a renewed passion for physical theatre and directing, and also a newly discovered respect for the work that goes on behind the scenes in the office.