The Wedding

We are all married, bound by a contract.
But what are the terms of this relationship? And can we consider a divorce?

Gecko’s latest creation is inspired by the complexities of human nature: the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation. In a blur of wedding dresses and contractual obligations, our extraordinary ensemble of international performers will guide audiences through a dystopian world in which we are all brides, wedded to society.

Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives in Gecko’s trademark style, our seventh touring production brings these contracts into question with an emotionally charged and spectacular performance.

We all want to believe in our journey, but where are we heading? Is it too late to stop, to go back, to fall in love, to start again?

“There’s a terrific ensemble at work in a show that bursts with the joy of union.” The Guardian
★★★★ The Reviews Hub
★★★★ Attitude

Rhys Jarman’s design work for The Wedding is part of ‘Staging Places: UK Design for Performance’, an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London shining a light on the diversity of design in British theatre. Please visit the V&A website for more details.


TOUR DATES

8 October 2019
Stadsschouwburg
Utrecht, Netherlands
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18 October 2019
Maribor Theatre Festival
Slovenia
with artist talk at 10am on 19 Oct
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Trailer
Creatives

Created by Amit Lahav

Collaborating with
Designer: Rhys Jarman
Lighting: Joe Hornsby
Sound: Jonathan Everett
With original music by Dave Price
Associate Director: Rich Rusk
Costume Supervisor: Gayle Playford (original production) / Becky-Dee Trevenen (2019)

Current Devising Performers:
Lucia Chocarro, Chris Evans, Madeleine Fairminer, Anna Finkel/Vanessa Guevara Flores, Katie Lusby, Ryen Perkins-Gangnes, Uroš Petronijević, Dan Watson 
and Kenny Wing Tao Ho.

Previous Devising Performers:
Fionn Cox-Davies and Louise Tanoto.


Producer: Rosalind Wynn (contact)
Production Manager: Sean Ford (contact)
Company Stage Manager: Alyssa Watts
Sound Operator: André Birck
Production Electrician: Hector Murray

Musicians and Vocalists:
Tom Allan, Sam Burgess, Ben Hales, Frank Moon, Dave Shulman, Jon Thomas and Temesgen Zeleke

During creation and 2017 touring
Production Manager: Gareth Green (work in progress) / Nathan Johnson
Company Stage Manager: Tanya Stephenson (work in progress) / Chelsey Thwaites
Technical Stage Manager: Andres Velasquez / Adam Bottomley
Devising Performers: Greig Cooke (work in progress)

Programme
Gallery
Sound World

For each of our current touring shows we have created a Sound World Information Sheet to enable D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audience members to understand the soundscape of each show and how it feeds into the other elements of our performances. Please read the information in advance of attending the show. Where possible we offer a BSL interpreted post show discussion in collaboration with our venue partners.

Click here to download the Sound World of The Wedding (PDF)

Reviews

Reviews

“There’s a terrific ensemble at work in a show that bursts with the joy of union.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Heart pounding drama… get ready to be blown away.” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“Offers its own remarkable, mesmerising take on the world we live in, full of horror and hope, fortitude and fear, love and lamentation and is an amazing achievement.” ★★★★ Attitude

“The combination of spellbinding music, mesmerising dance moves and narratives in languages from all over the world, make it a truly entertaining and thought-provoking experience, no matter what message you take from it.” Mancunian Matters

“A gripping eighty minutes of visceral physical theatre that will leave your heart pounding and you ready to start a revolution. It’s absolutely not to be missed.” North West End

Strategic Touring 2018

We were awarded Strategic Touring funding from Arts Council England to support the spring 2018 tour of The Wedding. Working with each of the venues as well as local changemakers and national organisations, we developed an ambitious audience development project, allowing more people than ever to participate and engage with Gecko’s work. Exploring inclusivity, the power of community, and encouraging ideas around social cohesion and change. The project included:

Panel Discussions

Gecko hosted a post show panel discussion at each venue that explored two key themes from the show – integration and social cohesion, and affecting change in the community – which gave audiences the opportunity to share their thoughts and questions with the team. The panel included Gecko’s artistic director Amit Lahav along with guests with experience of these themes. 

Workshop: Making Change

In addition to the panel discussions, we ran free 3-hour workshops called Making Change, which were open to the public and offered an open space to meet other people and explore themes from Gecko’s show as well as ideas that emerged from the group on the day.

Have you ever felt out of line with the way the world is going?

Would you like to see change in yourself, your community, your country, beyond? 

Gecko teamed up with the Transition Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world, to link into each town or city that we’re touring to.

Past Touring

Past Touring

2019
Busan International Performing Arts Festival, Busan, South Korea
Barbican Theatre (London International Mime Festival), London, UK
2018
MODAFE (International Modern Dance Festival), Seoul, South Korea
NST Campus, UK
Oxford Playhouse, UK
CAST, Doncaster, UK
Liverpool Playhouse, UK
Derby Theatre, UK
Nottingham Playhouse, UK
Watford Palace Theatre, UK
Bristol Old Vic, UK
2017
Hall for Cornwall, UK
Lighthouse, Poole, UK
Exeter Northcott, UK
HOME, Manchester, UK
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, UK
Northern Stage, Newcastle, UK

Support

Supported by Arts Council England and Ipswich Borough CouncilThe Wedding is a Gecko production. Co-commissioned by DanceEast, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Northern StageHOME Manchester, and Beijing 707 N-Theatre Co. Ltd (Edinburgh Fringe Showcase in China), in association with Lighthouse, Poole and Warwick Arts Centre, supported by The Point, Eastleigh.

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