News: Gecko’s 'Missing' returns to Battersea Arts Centre following fire

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Gecko's Missing.

The award-winning physical theatre company Gecko returns to Battersea Arts Centre in September to present Missing, the show that was interrupted by the devastating fire of the Grand Hall in March 2015. Missing forms part of Battersea Arts Centre’s celebratory Phoenix Season and is the first theatre show to be staged in the newly-restored Grand Hall.

With generous help from Gecko’s audiences and the theatre industry, the entire set of Missing was rebuilt in just eight days ahead of a Mexico tour. The Battersea Arts Centre performances will be the show’s first UK sharing since the fire.

Amit Lahav, Artistic Director of Gecko and creator of Missing said:

“On 13 March 2015 during a very successful return to Battersea Arts Centre with our show Missing a fire broke out which ultimately destroyed the Grand Hall and all the physical elements of our show. As the bell tower crashed through the roof I remember finding myself kneeling on the road thinking ‘what do I do now!?’

All those years of kinship and graft between Gecko and Battersea Arts Centre really meant something in the days that followed the fire; it was clear we were not going to suffer, this was not an option for David Jubb, Richard Dufty and the whole Battersea Arts Centre team.

I have never felt so much love and affection for Gecko as in the days that followed the fire from colleagues, venues and arts companies around the country and around the world. It was strangely one of the most uplifting and affirming experiences of my life. Battersea Arts Centre has played a pivotal role in Gecko’s voyage and I am very proud to have been a part of its legendary gift to art makers all over the country”

Described as ‘a deliciously warped journey in to the depths of the human psyche’, Missing uses choreography and a multi-lingual vocal landscape to follow the story of Lily, a woman whose soul appears to be decaying. The production is Gecko’s oldest touring show, having visited Russia, China, Georgia, Malta, Colombia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Macau and venues across the UK, receiving critical acclaim.

Missing is presented at Battersea Arts Centre on 6-15 September 2018.

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