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!