An enormous thank you to everyone who came to see ZARA at The Piece Hall, Halifax and Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Southwark or tuned into the two live-streamed performances. The show was seen by over 8,000 people and we have been overwhelmed by the response. While the limited four performance run of this show has now finished, hopefully this is not the end for ZARA.
We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our partners and funders and to the 400+ wonderful people who made the show such an enormous success.
When Eva was born, her mother wasn’t prepared for what was coming next.
Eva is no ordinary baby. Eva is a giant threat to society.
The army is called; the world’s media descend on the UK; there are protests and placards, opinions and destruction.
And there is Zara, her mother.
A mother who will defend the child she loves with all her might.
A mother against the world.
With a soaring musical score, a cast of over 100, cherry pickers, tanks, 3D projections and a mechanical, moving ‘baby’ that’s bigger than a double decker bus, ZARA promises to be a one-off, unique experience. A giant outdoor theatre event for the whole family, which tells the epic story of one learning disabled mother and her fight to protect her baby.
A Mind the Gap and Walk the Plank co-production.
The Baby Arrives
Our giant baby has arrived at a secret location in West Yorkshire and she’s a beauty… see for yourself at 30 seconds!
Making a Giant Baby
“My name is Francis Morgan. I do weird and wonderful things…” Meet the man who has created the giant baby for ZARA.
An introduction to ZARA by Director Joyce Lee
Zara Director Joyce Lee introduces Mind the Gap and Walk the Plank’s giant new co-production ZARA.
How to make a giant quilt for a giant baby
Ever wondered how you would make a giant quilt for a giant baby? Find out in this behind the scenes film with visual artist Pollyanna Turner.
A Day on Lust Island
The ZARA team have been on location in Halifax filming a spoof advert for a new television show called Lust Island.
Learning to Fly
JoAnne Haines, who plays the lead role in ZARA, has been over to Walk the Plank in Salford to learn how to perform some of the aerial work at that will appear in the show.
Building a Community Cast
Meet Manuela Benini, the Movement Director for ZARA who is working with our community casts in both Halifax and London.
Mind the Gap: Co-Producer
Mind the Gap is one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies. ZARA is the pinnacle of the major Daughters of Fortune project; conceived by Resident Director Joyce Nga Yu Lee in 2015 along with the sister projects Anna, Mia and Paige.
Walk the Plank: Co-Producer
Walk the Plank is bringing its expertise as one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts companies to this exciting project. Based in Salford, Walk the Plank has created a diverse portfolio of award-winning work over 26 years that has collaboration and co-creation at its heart.
Emergency Exit Arts: Community Engagement Partner
Emergency Exit Arts (EEA) is one of the UK’s pioneering outdoor arts companies, creating magical experiences in the places where you live, learn, work and play. EEA will be overseeing the community engagement in London by recruiting and mobilising an inclusive community cast.
Illuminos: 3D Projection Partner
Illuminos‘ work is a fusion of the digital with the public realm, leading collaborative projects that seek to directly engage the public in unique events. Projects range from huge spectacle to small scale film, but always working to create something memorable and specific to its location and community.
Royal Holloway, University of London: Research Partner
Dr Kate Theodore has been the lead research partner on the Daughters of Fortune project. She is a clinical psychologist and lecturer who works in the Psychology department at Royal Holloway, University of London.
ZARA is the third instalment of the Daughters of Fortune project, which explores learning disability and parenthood. Sister projects include Anna – a forum theatre workshop, Mia – a national touring theatre performance, and Paige – a research project.
The Daughters of Fortune project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for financial support from the following funders.
Arts Council England
ZARA has received funding through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme to help supersize the issue of learning disability and parenthood through ZARA.
The Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust funded the research behind ZARA’s sister project Mia in 2015. They have reinvested through their Public Engagement Fund for research and dissemination connected to ZARA.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation have invested in building partnerships in Calderdale and London to create the community casts, whilst ensuring that there is ongoing legacy from the project. They are also supporting the involvement of learning disabled artists and staff in the delivery of ZARA.
The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation are funding research and further development behind ZARA’s sister project Anna. This will help create a training package to improve practice of people working in Health and Social Care, while building audiences for ZARA.
Community Foundation for Calderdale
Community Foundation for Calderdale have invested in ZARA by supporting the engagement of a large diverse community cast in Calderdale.
The Piece Hall
The Piece Hall is Mind the Gap and Walk the Plank’s location partner in Halifax. The Piece Hall has been on board with the project since 2015, before the building had re-opened.
Southwark Council is Mind the Gap and Walk the Plank’s location partner in London. Southwark Council were the first partner to sign up to the project following a pitch by Mind the Gap at an event in 2015. Zara is part of the Council’s Southwark Presents programme.