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29 June, 2021 - 23:15 By Tony Quested

On the Waterfront: Birketts centre stage for theatre company Gecko

Law firm Birketts has provided support to internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, Gecko – assisting with the registration of the company as a charity as well as the lease of its new premises, the Gecko Creation Space.

Suffolk-based Gecko is an award-winning physical theatre company, led by artistic director Amit Lahav. Founded in 2001, the company has created seven critically acclaimed shows, two associate shows and two films. 

The company is currently creating its eighth theatre production, commissioned by the National Theatre, which focuses on the themes of migration, racism, home and family. 

In addition to artistic performances, Gecko delivers educational workshops to children in schools and young people in colleges and universities across the UK.

Birketts’ team was led by Head of Charities, Liz Brownsell, with support from Sinead Corcoran (Charities) and Carole Fenwick (Paralegal). Senior Associate Louisa Saunders (Commercial Property) dealt with the leasing of the new premises.

Liz worked closely with the leadership team at Gecko to provide guidance regarding the legal requirements for attaining charitable status, before applying to the Charity Commission to register the company as a charity. 

In parallel, Louisa Saunders advised on the lease of a property on the waterfront in Ipswich, which will become the Gecko Creation Space, an industry significant devising and rehearsal studio, and the company’s HQ. 

The project will see an unloved warehouse transformed into a technical creation space for performance and dance. Part of a wider scheme to redevelop the buildings on St Peter’s Dock, it will transform Gecko’s creative process and participation opportunities, with training and creative engagement key components. 

The space is due to open in 2022, with Gecko currently Crowdfunding to support completion of the project.

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