Zest is an award winning theatre company creating exhilarating new work for young people.

Zest Theatre was established in 2007. Based in Lincoln, we tour to theatres, festivals, outdoor spaces and schools with worked described as ‘unpretentious’ (The Stage) and ‘invigorating’ (The British Theatre Guide). Our interactive, immersive and site-specific productions actively place the audience right at the centre of the action and creative process. 

Over the last 10 years we've led 800 workshops and performed 1,500 shows, reaching a massive 134,000 people! We are passionate about the development of young audiences. Each production is inspired by the needs, lives and imaginations of those aged under 25. This approach creates work that's unique, relevant and engaging – giving a voice to a generation that too often goes unheard.

We have eclectic tastes and love creating bold new ideas – this means that there is no such thing as a ‘Zest Style’; each of our shows are very different. However, innovation, humour, empowerment and accessibility are integral to every show we produce, creating a DNA that is unmistakably Zest's.

Zest Theatre is proudly based in Lincoln and works closely with local partners to support the development of Lincolnshire’s arts and culture sector. Each of our productions start their life in the Lincolnshire community in some way before touring the U.K. 

In addition to our extensive touring programme, Zest Theatre are lead artists for Lost Village Festival. Zest has provided the entire theatre creative for the festival since 2015, bringing the immersive world of Lost Village to life for a capacity crowd of 12,000 each year. 

 

WINNERS of the Off West End Award 2018 for Best Production for Young People 13+

 
It is clear that Zest Theatre is doing valuable work with teenagers
— Broadway Baby
Zest relishes the opportunity to captivate those who may think theatre isn’t for them
— A Younger Theatre
This is exactly the work that young audiences need and want to see. Cannot wait to have you back.
— Corinne Micallef, Joint CEO - Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
I have come to the conclusion that Zest is making some of the best work for a young/teen audience.
— Kate Cross, Director - The Egg, Bath
Zest bring to the young people’s theatre sector something quite unique. It’s an empathy and a genuine dialogue that allows their work to speak in a way that most companies just go no where near.
— Chris Elwell, Director - Half Moon Theatre

On the Road

Zest's work has toured extensively across the UK, including the following venues and festivals:

ArtsDepot, London
Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth
Bicester Festival
Bradford Festival
Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-Upon-Trent
Bridgehouse Theatre, Warwick
Burnley Arts Centre
Cast, Doncaster
Cambridgshire Libraries
Cornerstone, Didcot
Create Theatre, Mansfield
Derby Theatre
Dorchester Arts
Farnham Maltings
FebFest, Luton
Frequency Festival, Lincoln
Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
Half Moon Theatre, London
Harlow Playhouse
Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
Juice Festival, NewcastleGateshead
Lincoln Drill Hall
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Lost Village Festival
Lyric Hammersmith, London
Maria Theatre, Lowestoft
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Pavillion Dance South West
Riverhead Theatre, Louth
Royal Norfolk Show
South Holland Centre
Sunderland Stages
Stamford Arts Centre
Stratford Circus
St Helen's Libraries
TakeOff Festival
Terry O'Toole Theatre, Lincoln
The Civic, Barnsley
The Egg, Bath
The Garage, Norwich
The Hat Factory, Luton
The Hive, Shrewsbury
The Marlowe, Canterbury
The Mill, Banbury
The Old Market, Brighton
The Point, Eastleigh
The Quarry Theatre, Bedford
The Woodville, Gravesend
Transported, Lincolnshire
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
West End Centre, Aldershot
York Theatre Royal