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.