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Gecko set to move into purpose-built facility in Ipswich

An artist's impression of the Ipswich redevelopment where Gecko would be based An artist's impression of the Ipswich redevelopment where Gecko would be based
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Plans have been revealed for a new “world-class” theatremaking space in Ipswich, which will be home to physical theatre company Gecko.

If approved, the facility will form part of a multi-million redevelopment of the former Burton’s factory by Ipswich Borough Council, which will also include 14 flats and a restaurant.

It would become be a permanent home for Gecko, marking the first time the company will have its own rehearsal space.

Additionally, the 430-sq-metre space will include Gecko’s offices, a meeting room that will double as a sound recording studio and workshop space for building props and sets.

Gecko’s artistic director, Amit Lahav, said: “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 added: “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.”

Under the proposals, the council will refurbish the shell of the building and Gecko has begun fundraising for the estimated £750,000 cost of the refit of the internal space.

A planning application has been submitted to Ipswich Borough Council and, subject to planning approval, Gecko is set to move into the space at the beginning of 2021.

Arlene Phillips and Dominic West become first patrons of Gecko

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