Artist Focus 1: Zest Theatre

11 September, 2013


Zest Theatre 

Zest Theatre create exciting theatre for, by and with young people, from their base in the heart of Lincoln’s Cultural Quarter. Each year around 13,000 young people access their work either as audience members or participants. This summer, Zest Theatre have worked with under 25 year olds in Lincoln, Spalding, Stamford and Louth to develop content, characters and dialogue which was then used to devise Gatecrash.

“Who better to make sure that Zest’s work truly engages young audiences then young people themselves?!! We’re proud to be based in Lincolnshire and love this place we call home!” Zest Theatre


Gatecrash has been developed with young people to create an interactive performance, where the audience are invited to gatecrash the party. The audience are given the power to tune in to different conversations, as they happen, through the use of silent disco technology, allowing every audience member to see and hear a different version of the show.

Through a drunken night of unrequited love, regretted tweets, youthful insecurity, needy voicemails, vomit in handbags and dancing on tables; Zest Theatre examines the biggest and most life changing revolution – being a teenager.

What does revolution mean to them?

“The journey from childhood to adulthood is a revolution that we universally experience. It’s these teenage years that influence and form so much of our understanding of the way in which we see and experience the world. In addition to this (for better or worse), we’re in the middle of a global technological Revolution that has seen the barriers to communication removed and access to information increase. Being a teenager in 2013 is a journey of excitement and discovery bombarded with a confusing cacophony of media and online content.

It’s these teenage revolutions that are the focus of their work. Art has the power to educate, empower and influence its audiences and that’s what they’re all about. Zest creates exciting, accessible and relevant theatre experiences that speak to young people and provide a voice to help make sense of how they see the world around them.”

Gatecrash will be premiering at Frequency Festival at Lincoln Drill Hall before touring the rest of Lincolnshire and East Midlands throughout October and November.


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