We exist both where we’ve come from and where we’re going.
As a young child in 1932, Leah embarked on an epic journey from Yemen to Palestine. Ninety years later her grandson imagines the voyage her family made to escape persecution and build a better life.
Artistic Director Amit Lahav, together with Gecko’s extraordinary ensemble of international devising performers presents a provocative story of desperation and compassion. At a time when the re-birth of community and acceptance seem vital to our survival, they bring their own experiences of migration, racism, empathy and home to this poetically intoxicating performance. Prepare to be moved to the core by Gecko’s hypnotising beauty, compelling global soundtrack, and unbarred emotion. Look inwards and ask ‘Who am I, and where do I belong?’
‘For sheer visual lushness you can’t beat Gecko, a company which under the direction of Amit Lahav has developed a distinct theatrical style which is unique in British theatre’ – Lyn Gardner (Stage Door, June 2022).
The Gecko identity is based on a deep interest in human beings and their extraordinary and challenging journeys to express feelings and emotions in society. Our work is made by and for people from a multitude of cultures in an attempt to represent everyone, regardless of age, gender and background. We use multiple languages in our work and tell universal stories through movement and emotion, sound, lighting and set design, allowing people from all backgrounds and nationalities to access our work.
Our work is inspired by our audiences and explores and reflects issues relevant to a modern diverse society; we want to speak directly to the individual and for them to engage fully with the content. We want to remove barriers to this engagement for as many people and cultures as possible. We want audiences to experience a unique, high quality theatrical experience.
Commissioned by the National Theatre – supported by HOME.
Image Credit: Richard Haughton