“Zara successfully challenges assumptions, and boldly and creatively gives a voice to parents with learning disabilities.”
“[ZARA] shows what fantastic large-scale productions can be produced when communities, artists and designers come together.”
A Younger Theatre
“…ambitious, original and delightfully weird.”
Behind the Scenes
An Introduction to ZARA
Director Joyce Nga Yu Lee explains the inspiration behind the giant co-production with Walk the Plank and Emergency Exit Arts, ZARA.
A Day on Lust Island
Join filmmaker Emilie Flower and Production Manager Ben Pugh as they film a spoof advert for ‘Lust Island’, which appears in ZARA.
Mind the Gap
Walk the Plank
Emergency Exit Arts
Community Engagement Partner
Royal Holloway, University of London
The Daughters of Fortune project would not have been possible without financial support from the following funders.
Arts Council England
ZARA received funding through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme to help supersize the issue of learning disability and parenthood.
The Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust funded the research behind ZARA’s sister project Mia in 2015. They reinvested through their Public Engagement Fund for research and dissemination connected to ZARA.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation invested in building partnerships in Calderdale and London to create the community casts and ensure ongoing legacy of the project. They also supported the involvement of learning disabled artists and staff in the delivery of ZARA.
The Rayne Foundation
The Rayne Foundation funded research and further development behind ZARA’s sister project Anna to help create a training package for health and social care professionals. This will help create a training package to improve practice of people working in Health and Social Care.
Community Foundation for Calderdale
Community Foundation for Calderdale invested in ZARA by supporting the engagement of a large diverse community cast in Calderdale.
The Piece Hall
The Piece Hall was the location partner in Halifax and part of the project since 2015, before the building had re-opened.
Southwark Council was the 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.