RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Spring 2019

NATIONAL TOUR
Autumn 2019 & Spring 2020


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

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.

Youthquake will be another exciting 360° theatre experience from Zest. Performed inside a large, visually stunning set, the audience will delve right into the lives and minds of Teen Britain. Inspired by the voices of young people from around the country and featuring a mix of professional and local young performers, each performance becomes a metaphor for the cultural shift a Youthquake brings.


Making The Show

We’ll be blogging about each stage of the Youthquake creative process as it happens! Have a read about what’s happened so far 👇👇👇


NATIONAL TOUR DATES COMING SOON

BARNSLEY | BATH | CANTERBURY | DARLINGTON | HARTLEPOOL | LINCOLN

MIDDLESBROUGH | NORWICH | REDCAR & CLEVELAND | STOCKTON | STRATFORD LONDON

 

Research and Development Team

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

Director
Toby Ealden

Producer
Catherine Fowles

R&D Creatives
Jenny Daniels
Claire Gaydon
Patricia Suarez

Designer
Verity Quinn

Sound Design
Guy Connelly

Lighting Design
Ben Pacey

Dramaturg
Gareth Morgan

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.