Zest is a national touring theatre company creating eye-opening new work for young people.

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 is experiential and places the audience right at the centre of the action and creative process.  Each year we engage over 12,000 people across the country as audience members or participants.

Zest Theatre is proudly based in Lincoln and has worked closely with local partners such as Lincolnshire One Venues to become a support the development of Lincolnshire’s arts and culture sector. Each of our productions starts their life in the Lincolnshire community in some way before hitting the road and touring the country.

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. 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 will always be threaded through every show we produce, creating a DNA that is unmistakably Zest's.

We are passionate about the development of young audiences, particularly those in their mid to late teens. This is a key demographic for the arts sector and one that presents a lot of challenges and obstacles. With each tour we gather an extensive range of data to find out more about our audience and the best ways to create long term arts engagement with young people.

Unpretentious
— The Stage
Authentic
— The Reviews Hub
Brave
— Everything Theatre
Inclusive
— Northern Echo
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
Zest is one to watch
— The British Theatre Guide

On the Road

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

ArtsDepot, London
Burnley Arts Centre
Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-Upon-Trent
Bridgehouse Theatre, Warwick
Cast, Doncaster
Cornerstone, Didcot
Create Theatre, Mansfield
Derby Theatre
Dorchester Arts
Farnham Maltings
FebFest, Luton
Frequency Festival, Lincoln
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
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Riverhead Theatre, Louth
Royal Norfolk Show
South Holland Centre
Sunderland Stages
Stamford Arts Centre
Stratford Circus
St Helen's Libraries
TakeOff Festival
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 Woodville, Gravesend
Transported, Lincolnshire
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
West End Centre, Aldershot
York Theatre Royal