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Zest Theatre

Contact: Fiona Moon
Address The Terrace Grantham Street Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 1BD UK Phone: 01522 569590 Website: Zest Theatre

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Zest Theatre was established in 2007. We tour to theatres, outdoor spaces and schools with a variety of interactive, immersive, site specific or promenade productions. Our work places the audience right at the centre of the action and creative process. Each year we engage around 17,000 people across the country as audience members or participants with productions that have been described as ‘inclusive’ (The Northern Echo) and ‘invigorating’ (The British Theatre Guide).

Each production is inspired by the needs, lives and imaginations of those aged under 25. This inclusive approach makes our work unique, relevant and engaging. We have eclectic tastes and love creating bold new ideas – this means that there is no such thing as a ‘Zest Style’. However innovation, humour, empowerment and accessibility will always be threaded through every show we produce.

In recent years we’ve been challenging young people’s preconceptions of the arts through our innovative mix of interactive theatre and technology. In particular we’ve given audiences control of their experience through Silent Disco headphones. At a push of a button individuals can choose the content they want to listen to. In a culture where we use technology to automatically control the world around us, this eye opening new form of theatre has allowed our audiences to do the same thing within our shows. This doesn’t mean that headphones are going to be appropriate for all our shows – but where it is we’re having fun experimenting!

 Zest Theatre is proudly based in Lincoln and works closely with local partners such as Lincolnshire One Venues to support the development of Lincolnshire’s arts and culture sector. Each of our productions will start their life in the Lincolnshire community in some way.
Our work has toured to a variety of venues and festivals across the country, including: ArtsDepot, Cast, Derby Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Frequency Festival, Juice Festival, Lincoln Drill Hall, Lost Village Festival, Lyric Hammersmith, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Pegasus Theatre, TakeOff Festival, The Egg and The Garage.