A ‘DELICIOUSLY warped journey into the depths of the human psyche’ awaits theatregoers who dare to be different.
Derby Theatre welcomes the internationally-acclaimed Gecko for a slice of physical dance and visual storytelling that is a touch out of the ordinary.
Missing is the brainchild of Amit Lahav, the company’s artistic director who founded Gecko in 2001.
He says: “It’s a tricky one to explain due to its nature and how it ineracts with the audience. People have different ideas as to what it’s all about to the person sitting next to them as it’s made in such a way that it invites the audience to input the narrative of their own lives.
“That’s how I make all Gecko shows. They are are very bold and expressive physically. They have extraordinary storytelling but there’s definitely a space to pull the audience’s imagination into the piece.”
The central character in the play is Lily and Missing looks at how she remembers growing up and how she romanticises it.
“She also rejects certain parts of it and we look at how all that manifests into her identity,” says Amit.
“Another central idea is that you must accept who you are otherwise it affects you badly. She doesn’t so she gets sick. It’s not ‘woman develops slight cough’, she becomes epically sick.”
The show has had almost universally good reviews describing it as ‘flawless” and a ‘wonderful, beautiful rollercoaster’.
Amit says: “People tend to come out of the show incredibly moved in a very personal way. That makes me deeply happy that they have had that interaction with the piece.”
Because it’s not a conventional play and deals with universal themes rather than having a straightforward narrative some people might think it’s not for them. But Amit says it’s very accessible.
“In Edinburgh you have a very artisan crowd of other theatre and arts makers who are there to see a Gecko show and they know they are seeing craft and skill and something that has taken two years to put together. An awful lot has gone into the creation of Missing.
“But I can see that can be a put off. People might think that it’s going to be too high end. But after that artisan crowd, we start to get anyone and everyone and they are also completely sucked into it.
“I think that’s because it’s an everyman experience. It’s playful, funny, sexy, with incredible dancers pulling off remarkable feats. Some of the physical ability in the show is mind blowing. It’s breathtaking and you only get that level of craft by spending a long time in the studio. We get equally strong reactions from everyone from teenagers, who are just old enough to get it, to pensioners. What you bring to the piece makes it what it is.”
Missing can be seen from October 30-November 2. Go to www.derbytheatre.co.uk or call 01332 593939.