Directed by Amit Lahav
Composer Dave Price
Designer Ti Green
Natalie Ayton, Amit Lahav, Robert Luckay, Dave Price, Georgina Roberts, Vinicius Salles, Dai Tabuchi, Francois Testory, Sirena Tocco and Tom Wu.
Get the coat, get the girl, change the world!
In a futile government department reminiscent of Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’, Akakki falls in love with the beautiful Natalia. His feelings for her are not returned; this drives him to be the best and win the ultimate office prize – the overcoat. But how far is Akakki willing to go? And at what cost?
Inspired by Gogol’s short story, The Overcoat creates an intoxicating world where a man’s thoughts and dreams spill out into everyday life Funded by Arts Council England. A Gecko and Lyric Hammersmith production in association with Plymouth Theatre Royal.
John Peter, The Sunday Times
“Hauntingly and recklessly brilliant … thrilling and sinister surrealist nightmare.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Creates a dazzlingly inventive world that combines visual flair and physical swagger.”
Nuala Calvi, The Stage
“Gecko excels in creating small moments that capture wordlessly the individual’s emotional struggle”
Matt Boothman, British Theatre Guide
“Akakki's feelings infuse everything, from the lighting to composer Dave Price's Romany-flavoured musical accompaniment to the physicality of the ensemble, simultaneously.
★★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight
“Shows like this challenge and delight, and it is to Gecko Theatre’s credit that The Overcoat does this for every moment of its 80-minute performance.”
Gecko is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, led by Artistic Director Amit Lahav. Founded in 2001 (alongside former co-artistic director, Al Nedjari) the company has created seven critically acclaimed shows, 2 Associate Shows and 2 films.
The Gecko identity is based on a deep interest in human beings and their extraordinary and challenging journeys to express feelings and emotions in society. Our work is made by and for people, representing a multitude of cultures in an attempt to include all human beings regardless of age, gender and background. We use multiple languages in our work and tell universal stories through movement and emotion, sound, lighting and set design, allowing people from all backgrounds and nationalities to access our work. Our work is inspired and co-authored by our audiences, and our artistic content explores and reflects issues relevant to a modern diverse society.
Through experimentation, craft and collaboration, Amit has created an organic creation process that highlights the power and intangible value of imagination. When making our work, the devising process oscillates between intense periods of experimentation, reflection and technical development in and out of the rehearsal studio.
The audience is at the heart of all our work and is fundamental to the Company’s creative journey as we strive to entertain and challenge as many people as possible. We want each show or film to speak directly to the individual and for them to engage fully with the content. We want to remove barriers to this engagement for as many people and cultures as possible and will continue to develop our physical language to enable this. We want audiences to experience a unique, high quality theatrical experience.