Autumn 2019 & Spring 2020


A new 360° show about being young and changing the world.

Becky is thirty years old and wants to make a difference.

Frustrated with her peers, Becky wants to empower the next generation to stand up and change the world. Tonight she’ll perform an inspirational presentation for you, the audience, designed to do just that.

Except there’s a problem. Becky’s been talking so much that she’s not realised the Youthquake has already begun.

Youthquake is an exciting, 360° theatre experience from the award-winning Zest Theatre. Developed through conversations with 800 young people from across the country, Youthquake uses their words and opinions to give voice to a generation often left unheard. Featuring a mix of professional and local young performers, each performance becomes a metaphor for the cultural shift a Youthquake brings.

Part show, part TED Talk and part party, Youthquake takes you on an exhilarating journey through the hidden lives of Teen Britain and asks what it actually means to change the world.

Age suitability: 14+

Running time: Approx. 60 minutes

Limited seating available so comfortable footwear advised

Contains occasional strong language and emotional themes



Zest relishes the opportunity to captivate those who may think theatre isn’t for them.
— A Younger Theatre
It is clear that Zest Theatre is doing valuable work with teenagers.
— Broadway Baby




A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.


Tour Dates

Autumn 2019

Lincoln Drill Hall
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th October 2019

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th October 2019

The Egg, Bath
Tuesday 22nd - Friday 25th October 2019

The Old Market, Brighton
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November 2019

The Garage, Norwich
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th November 2019

The Civic, Barnsley
Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th November 2019

Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Tuesday 19th - 22nd November 2019

Spring 2020


Centre For Excellence In Creative Arts (CECA), Hartlepool
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th January 2020

Middlesbrough Town Hall
Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd January 2020

ARC, Stockton
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th January 2020

The Hullabaloo, Darlington
Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th January 2020

TunedIn!, Redcar
Friday 31st January & Saturday 1st February 2020


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Education Pack

Are you a teacher or youth worker? Then why not Youthquake your next class or session with our free Education Pack?

Making The Show

It’s not easy being young in Britain.

We’ve all seen the news, we know the story: the Mental health issues, the cuts to public services, the restrictive education system, the violent crime, the University debt, Brexit (thanks Mum and Dad) and the fact they may never be able to buy a home of their own (also, thanks Mum and Dad). This is Generation Z, a generation who have no knowledge of life before 9/11, who have only known complexity and recession. A digital first generation, they’re more connected to the entire world than at any point in history, yet often feel totally isolated.

But between the news stories and the negativity, there are the rumblings of something exciting and new.

This generation are realistic, yet optimistic for the future. They’re authentic, transparent and allergic to bullshit. They’re fun and love a good Cat Meme! They’re a generation challenging the system that’s set against them whilst positively redefining their future. They’re breaking down the boxes of the past that defined and restricted their parents. Tolerance and equality are their heartbeat. Suddenly nationality, gender and sexuality become fluid. They’re allowing themselves to be who they are without the labels. Their influence is changing the world.

This is a Youthquake. This is what we set out to explore this as we created the show. Read these blogs to look back on the process so far…👇👇👇

Cast & Creatives

Devised by the company, inspired by young people across the UK

Harris Cain
Claire Gaydon
Supported by a local ensemble of young people in each touring venue.

Toby Ealden

Catherine Fowles

Verity Quinn

Sound Design
Guy Connelly

Lighting Design
Ben Pacey

Movement Director
Patricia Suarez

Resident Director
Jenny Daniels

Gareth Morgan

Production Manager & Technical Stage Manager
Stephen Harrison

Company Stage Manager
Joe Jenner

R&D Creatives
Jenny Daniels
Toby Ealden
Claire Gaydon
Patricia Suarez


Commissioned by Tees Valley Combined Authority, The Civic Barnsley and Lincoln Drill Hall.

Supported through public money from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, together with Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Sylvia Waddilove Foundation and Lost Village Festival.

Developed with the support of ARC, Centre for Excellence in Creative Arts, Darlington Hippodrome, Gulbenkian, Middlesbrough College, Middlesbrough Council, TunedIn, The Egg, The Garage and Stratford Circus.