Eleanor Philpot

Gecko set to move into new facility in Ipswich

4:42, 28th August 2019

Physical theatre company, Geko are set to move into the converted Burton’s factory in 2021.

Plans for a new theatre making facility in Ipswich were revealed last week, with the space making use of the multi-million redevelopment of the former Burton’s factory.

Becoming theatre troupe Gecko’s permanent home, the building will not only house the company’s own rehearsal space, but their very own meeting room that will also be used as an audio recording studio, as well a workshop for making (and housing) props and sets.

Gecko’s artistic director, Amit Lahav, says: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever, in all my travels both nationally or internationally, come across what it is we’re proposing to build, and that’s what makes it unique and extremely exciting…It’s a game changer for us, because we will be able to make, build and technically evolve our pieces in a beautiful building.’

Lahav adds: ‘Our approach to Ipswich Borough Council was that we need a proper space that can act as a creation space but also as Gecko’s home…It’s a pretty large site, which is what we need, because we’re starting to build shows for spaces such as the Barbican and a Gecko show is a very technical beast.’

An application has now been submitted to Ipswich Borough Council, while Geko have begun fundraising the £750,000 required for the internal refurbishment.

To find out more, visit: https://www.geckotheatre.com/

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