New Gecko Show Commissioned By The National Theatre


The award-winning physical theatre company Gecko have announced they are developing their eighth show, commissioned by the National Theatre.

The production, currently unnamed, is set to premiere and tour in autumn 2022 before being performed at the National Theatre in 2023. The show is supported by Lighthouse, Poole, and London International Mime Festival, with other partners to be confirmed.

Gecko’s Artistic Director Amit Lahav and the devising performers will bring “their own experiences of migration, family, home, and racism” to the development of the eighth show.

Lahav was inspired to create this new show following a reunion with his grandmother in Israel, who walked from Yemen to Palestine at the age of four to escape persecution.

Lahav said: “It feels right to be making a piece that explores migration, racism and family, particularly when reflecting on the events of the last 18 months.

“It is a theme that is incredibly important for our audience, Gecko and the National Theatre and we’re excited to be continuing and deepening our relationships together as we enter our next phase of research and development.”

The National Theatre’s director Rufus Norris said: “I’ve been following Gecko’s work for a number of years and have a growing admiration for their dynamic and fearless approach to story in motion

“Their presence at the National Theatre is overdue, and we look forward very much to them being with us.”

Words by Sanjana Idnani

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