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Acclaimed theatre company Gecko relaunch live performance at the Corn Exchange with powerful new show Kin

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"We all have migration stories, whether we’re aware of them or whether they’re more distant, and that excites me because we have the potential to encourage a profoundly positive, celebratory voyage towards empathy” – Amit Lahav

Our Grade I listed Corn Exchange is welcoming back live performance with a brand-new show, Kin, from award-winning physical theatre company Gecko.

Kin Trailer

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A personal story

Kin was inspired by a conversation Gecko’s Artistic Director, Amit Lahav, had with his grandmother, Leah, about the journey their family made from Yemen to Palestine in 1932 to escape persecution.

With an equally personal contribution from company members who drew on their own stories of migration, racism, empathy and home, Kin promises to be a powerful and emotional experience for our audiences.

Four performers on a dark, smoky, stage, stepping forward while looking up at their hands.

Praise and innovation

Commissioned by the National Theatre, Kin blends physical theatre and dance with a stunning global soundtrack for a poetic and intoxicating story of desperation and compassion.

Gecko’s work is created using collaboration, experimentation and play and has been described as: “visually stunning...brave...and physically distinctive” by The Guardian

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For schools and colleges

To mark Gecko’s inclusion as a recommended practitioner on GCSE and A-level theatre and drama syllabuses, tickets are available at a reduced rate for school and college groups for performances on Wednesday 1, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November.

The company is also offering all school and college bookers a discounted accompanying classroom workshop led by the performers. Suitable for Year 10 and upwards, participants will have the opportunity to experience the company’s unique style of movement and physical theatre, gaining insight into the creative process behind every Gecko show.

Watch Kin before it hits the National Theatre