What does it mean to you to have a little space?
A little space where we can escape the world and be ourselves. Where we can say whatever we want, do whatever we feel and where no-one will ever bother us. But it can be an unpredictable space too, where voices are funnelled away, fears leak through the floorboards, songs light up the room and you never know who’s listening behind the door.
A place where whispers come to life and one kind gesture could change everything.
a little space has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester and The Place, London.
Following the international success of Gecko’s first associate show The Dreamer (2016) and Mind the Gap’s giant outdoor spectacle ZARA (2019), these two performance powerhouses join forces for a captivating production. Mind the Gap’s Charli Ward and Karen Bartholomew team up with Gecko – Devising Performer Dan Watson, Associate Directors Rich Rusk and Helen Baggett, Designer Rhys Jarman, Lighting Designer Chris Swain and Composer Dave Price, to create this intricately crafted physical theatre show.
“Mind the Gap and Gecko had lit a spark in my chest that left me feeling compelled to stagger out into the world, to breathe in it’s beautiful light, form new connections and hold new hands.” – The Mumble on a little space
“It is many years since I have seen anything like this quality of movement, imagination and theatricality.”- The Sydney Morning Herald on Gecko Theatre’s Institute
“The attention to detail extends to all aspects of this beautifully realised production, from the theatrically inventive use of sets springing out of the cabinets to the now-ominous, now-jaunty soundtrack. All in all, it makes for a unique vision.” – The Independent on Gecko Theatre’s Institute
“It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing anyidea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.” – Lyn Gardner on Mind The Gap’s Contained
“Poignant, yet without a shred of self-pity, [this] production is leavened further by a hefty dose of silly, sometimes pleasantly dark, humour.” – The Stage on Mind The Gap’s Mia