Zest makes work that is often described as interactive, immersive, site-specific or promenade. Because our shows are a bit different, audiences can sometimes have lots of questions or feeling wary about coming. With the Thrive tour just around the corner, here are some of the frequently asked questions about the show to help you get the most from the experience:
What is the Thrive experience like?
The show takes place in a visually stunning set made up of 9 interlocking ladders. The set surrounds the audience to create a unique, 360° experience with beautiful lighting and surround sound. Collectively the audience are cast as the community of friends, family and neighbours of our 3 young characters. You will literally stand shoulder to shoulder with them on their journey through the story.
Is there seating?
We do have some limited seating should you need to rest your feet. But this isn’t your usual kind of theatre experience; you are in control of your own experience. This means you can choose to sit on one of the chairs, stand, walk around, or sit on the floor. One of our production team is always on hand, so if you aren’t sure of what to do then make sure you ask for help. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
Is the show accessible to wheelchairs?
Yes, again, let us know and one of our production team will gladly make sure you have the best possible experience of the show.
The show sounds like it is interactive? Does that mean I'll be made to do something embarrassing? It all sounds a bit scary.
Please don't be scared! Yes, the show is interactive in places, but not as interactive as some of our previous work. Our characters will talk directly to you and may invite you to get involved. But no one is going to make you do anything you don't want to do. If you aren't up for it then just say no and the cast will leave you alone. BUT the closer you get to the action the more you'll get out of the experience.
What should I wear?
Anything you feel comfortable in!
Does this show have headphones like your other shows?
No, we don’t use the headphones in this one.
Who is it suitable for?
The show is suitable for those aged 14+. Thrive has been developed to target those aged 14 - 19. However, the show is really universal in its themes and will be enjoyed by people much older than our target audience.
What is the content like?
Thrive follows 3 young people as they deal with the sudden death of a friend. The content is often emotional with some strong language; we are happy to chat this through if you'd like to know more. But this isn't designed to be a depressing night at the theatre! We developed the show with Psychologists who specialise in an area of research called Post Traumatic Growth - the positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. So, the show isn’t really about the traumatic event, instead it's about finding hope when the going gets tough. Thrive deals with the subjects of death, dying and grief with courage, optimism and lots of humour. Audiences leave feeling reflective and thoughtful. Please see the Help and Advice section on the Thrive page should you be affected by any of the issues raised in the performance. Teachers can those who professionally work with young people can also download the Education Pack.