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25–28 January

A visually captivating exploration into human behaviour
Seymour Centre
Everest Theatre
Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road
Chippendale 2008

25–28 January at 7.30pm

80 mins
General Admission $56/$50
+ booking fee

Recommended for ages 14+
Gecko / UK
Australian Exclusive


Exploring themes of fracture and disconnection in a world where everyone relies on someone else for support, Institute is an astonishing performance combining witty choreography, artful imagery and ingenious stagecraft.

Set in a mysterious place of dark shadows and towering filing cabinets that gradually reveal their secrets over the course of the show, four dynamic performers collide in an extraordinary world of breathtaking movement and exquisite storytelling. Martin longs for one more breath with Margaret. Daniel climbs higher and higher over a towering world, but will he fulfil his ambition? Stuck in this beguiling maze of officialdom they lurch from one outrageous task to another. But who is giving the orders?

Their state of mind is reflected in an atmospheric set design, beautifully lit and with a terrific soundtrack.

The performers of award-winning physical theatre company Gecko conjure theatrical surprises and transformations that will make you laugh and gasp in equal measure in this Kafkaesque puzzle that is bewildering and beautiful.

“a rich, visually stunning show” – The Guardian


“It brought a spontaneous standing ovation that was fully and richly deserved. A wonderful piece of thought provoking physical theatre that’s an absolute joy. Just go!” – British Theatre Guide

For a copy of Institute's program, click here, and for additional background information about the show, click here

Note: This event contains haze. Recommended for ages 14+.


As a company we try to emphasise the fact that the dialogue spoken by the company members in our shows is not as important as the emotional message they are conveying, hence our use of multiple languages. Rather than using Auslan interpretation, we have instead created the following downloadable document ‘The Sound World of Institute’ that serves as an introduction to the world of sound created within the show. Our hope is then for audiences to then be able to watch the performance with no further aids.

Make a night of it with a Festival Feast meal for $30 at KINDRED restaurant. Call 02 8937 0530. More info

Photo: Richard Haughton

★★★★★ absolute joy. Just go!
British Theatre Guide
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