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 for the whole family.
The Piece Hall, Halifax
Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April 2019, 9pm (doors, 7pm).
ZARA will be taking over the courtyard of the stunning, recently refurbished Piece Hall in Halifax on 19 & 20 April, 2019.
Tickets: Courtyard: £8 or £28 for four people / Balcony: £12.
Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Home of IWM, London
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May 2019, 9pm (doors, 7pm).
ZARA will be appearing at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Home of IWM, London on 10 & 11 May, 2019.
Tickets: £8 or £28 for four people.
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.
How many times will ZARA take place?
ZARA will only happen four times: twice in Halifax and twice in London
Is the £28 group ticket just for families?
No! It isn’t just for families. The group ticket is available for any group of four people.
What time can I arrive?
Doors will be open in Halifax and London from 7pm. We would advise you to arrive in good time to avoid possible queues for entry and security checks. Please do not bring any large bags.
What will be happening before the show?
There will be plenty to see and do before the show starts. Please arrive in plenty of time to get a good standing spot and grab a drink. Our news teams will be on the ground to cover events as they happen on the lead up to the show.
Will I be able to sit down?
The main performance is a standing event that lasts around 70 minutes. You are free to sit on the courtyard or steps in Halifax or on the grass in London. You are welcome to bring blankets but please do not bring folding chairs or inflatable furniture. If you require a seat for access reasons, make sure you let us know in advance.
What will happen if it rains?
This event is open air. It will go ahead whatever the weather – come rain or shine. Please come prepared as no wet weather provisions will be provided.
Is ZARA suitable for my children?
Yes! ZARA will be exciting for all ages. The show contains bright projections and has music throughout that will sometimes be loud. The event isn’t seated and children are free to move around the audience area.
Will I be able to buy refreshments?
Yes! In Halifax, The Piece Hall will have a wide range of food and drinks available. In London, you will be able to buy hot and cold (non-alcoholic) drinks.
What access provision has been put in place?
Both venues are fully accessible and the following has been put in place to help make your experience as enjoyable as possible:
- Audio Description – Meet our Audio Describer Vicky Ackroyd here…
- BSL – Meet our BSL Interpreter Jen Phoenix here…
- Limited seating, only for those who have contacted us in advance
- Wheelchair viewing area
- Accessible toilets
- Access Synopsis available
- There will be some loud sounds
- Audience are free to move around during the show
If you have any specific access requirements or require a free carer ticket, please make sure you let us know when you book your tickets.
If you have a question about the show, which is not listed here, please email email@example.com or call 01274 487390.
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.