Last week’s fire at Battersea Arts Centre was shocking to everyone who has ever been to that beautiful theatre. Luckily no-one was hurt in the blaze, but the magnificent Grand Hall was destroyed, and with it the show – props, lights, set, personal effects – by Gecko Theatre company that was running in the space.
But in a demonstration of remarkable resilience and strength of spirit, the company will be staging the show regardless of the devastation. ‘Missing’ – a physical, visual, musical show (pictured above) about one woman remembering her life – will be performed at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday at 7.30pm in a space that has been donated to the company. There won’t be any lighting, set or props, but that’s not going to stop Gecko. They’re asking the audience to bring along props that could be used in the show.
The pared back version is being called ‘Missing Unplugged’ and the event is free but ticketed. Tickets will be available from Wednesday March 18 from the Southbank Centre box office. You can also drop in to watch their open rehearsal on March 20 between 2-5pm.
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