A giant piece of outdoor theatre in Halifax and Southwark

Date: 19 April 2019 to 11 May 2019

Location: The Piece Hall, Halifax and Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Southwark

A dramatic collaboration with England's largest disabled-learning theatre company

We're delighted to have worked with Mind the Gap, Europe's largest learning-disabled theatre company, on a two-location showing of Zara: Daughters of Fortune - a provocative new show which will was staged at the Piece Hall in Halifax in April 2019, followed by a second performance at the Imperial War Museum in Southwark, London in May 2019.

Five years in the making, Zara is the pinnacle of Mind the Gap’s ‘Daughters of Fortune’ project and we we’re thrilled to be collaborating with them on this final piece in their creative journey.

This compelling new piece of work tells the story of the caring relationship between mother Zara and the fight to protect her daughter Eva through a mix of narrative devices in an outdoor performance that brings larger than life filmic qualities to a both of these dramatic locations. Centrepiece to the show is a giant baby along with 3D projection mapping and a cast of performers and musicians.

Zara: Daughters of Fortune is a joint collaboration between Walk the Plank and Mind the Gap.

April 19 Update - amazing response to world debut performance

Zara's world debut at The Piece Hall in Halifax received astonishing levels of media coverage in the national press (Guardian, Times and Telegraph, Singapore Straits Times), regional press, BBC Yorkshire, BBC News online and the BBC's One Show - plus a swathe of incredible responses on social media.

Zara headed to London for its second round of performances for two nights on Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 where it received further critical acclaim.

Photography by Chris Payne, Tim Mitchell and Andrew Youngson.

"Moving, thought provoking, ambitious, creatively magnificent and done at huge scale: world premiere of ZARA at The Piece Hall in Halifax tonight. Brilliant ACE-supported collaboration from Walk the Plank and Mind the Gap Studios."
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England.
Project Specification
Outdoor theatre
Project Scale
Creative Content
Mobile structures
Projection/video mapping
Site responsive performance