Preview: Institute, Festival Theatre

Gecko in Institute. Pick Comp

Gecko in Institute. Pick Comp

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FOLLOWING a successful run earlier this year, multi-award winning physical theatre company Gecko head back to the Capital, this time with Institute, an intimate, funny and moving exploration of what it means to care.

The piece asks a simple question: When the time comes, will anyone really care?

Set in a warped world of emotional compartmentalisation and treatment - where memories are filed, relationships scrutinised and where patient becomes carer, and vice versa - four people undergo a series of extraordinary physical ‘treatments’ as they struggle to prepare themselves for the outside world.

But a Gecko world is never as it first appears...

Director Amit Lahav says, “Institute will pull you in and take you on a voyage - your relationship with the word care will ultimately determine how that journey feels for you.”

Explaining, he continues, “The idea that society is becoming more fragmented, individualistic and desensitised is terrifying to me. I’m fascinated about what the implications may be if we don’t ask questions about the way we care for each other.”

Founded in 2001, Gecko is now an internationally acclaimed company, have toured five productions to more than 20 countries.

Institute is Gecko’s sixth creation in 10 years. With each new show they build on their established working methodology of physical exploration and theatrical invention. So, expect ingenious set design, giant filing cabinets, visceral movement, and intricate group choreography as well as stunning tenderness.

Institute, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Friday & Saturday, 7.30pm, £18.50-£25.50, 0131-529 6000