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Age suitability: 9+

Running time: 70 mins approx.

Seating: Unallocated - Theatre Style

Every performance features integrated Audio Description. The performance on Fri 2 Feb at 7pm will also be BSL interpreted.

One summer to shape a lifetime.

Zia turned 17 last week. When they arrive at Camp Phoenix for a compulsory weeklong residential, they aren’t sure if it’s for them. The camp helps young people emerge from the dust of their younger selves, just like a phoenix. Through regulated activities, young people develop the skills to rise into the next phase of their lives to become great citizens and employees.

But not everything goes to plan. When Zia and their newfound friends realise that the camp’s values don’t include everyone, they discover that the most valuable lessons are those learnt from the people around them.

What advice do teenagers wish they’d had when they were still kids? Camp Phoenix has been developed through conversations with 600 young people nationwide to find out. 9-year-olds shared their worries, and those aged 16+ responded with expert wisdom. Camp Phoenix shares that wisdom with honesty, hope, and humour.

Camp Phoenix is a show packed with adventure, new music, and vital life lessons, featuring a dynamic cast of professional performers and local young people (at ARC, the professional actors will share the stage with some incredible young people from Stockton Riverside College).

Written by Katie Greenall
Songs by Koko Brown


Commissioned by Lincoln Arts Centre, The Civic Barnsley and ARC, Stockton.

Supported through public money from Arts Council England, together with Garfield Weston Foundation, Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, Mackintosh Foundation, and The Michael Cornish Charitable Foundation.

Developed with the kind support of Gulbenkian and The Albany.

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  • About Zest

    Zest exists to make space for young people to be heard, using creativity to amplify their voices through theatre and cultural experiences.

    Established in 2007, Zest makes a range of work for theatres, festivals, public spaces, schools, and digital platforms. Zest’s award winning work has been described as ‘unpretentious’ (The Stage) and ‘invigorating’ (The British Theatre Guide). Their productions and installations actively place the audience right at the heart of the story.

    Zest are passionate about amplifying the voices of young people, creating productions, digital pieces, and public art installations inspired by the needs, lives and imaginations of those aged under 25. Their work releases the voice of a generation to make the world a better, and more creative, place.

    Zest have eclectic tastes and love creating bold new ideas – this means that there is no such thing as a ‘Zest Style’; each of their projects are very different. However, innovation, joy, empowerment, and accessibility are integral to everything we produce, creating a DNA that is unmistakably Zest’s.

    Zest Theatre is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. They are proudly based in Lincoln and work closely with local partners to support the development of Lincolnshire’s arts and culture sector.

  • Theatre: Seating Accessibility Information

    Seat size

    In our theatre the seats are 38cm (15″) wide and 44.5cm (17½”) deep. The seats are 44cm (171/3”) from the floor, and have an 8cm (3”) gap between seats.


    Seats have armrests on either side of the seat which cannot be removed completely. Seats on rows A, C and D have armrests which can be folded away and slot between the seat backs. On all other rows armrests are fixed and cannot be folded or removed.


    There is 30cm (112/3“) of legroom in front of each seat, with additional legroom in rows D and L, and in Box 1 and Box 2.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • Youth Cast: Stockton Riverside College

    At ARC, Zest’s professional actors will share the stage with these incredible young people from Stockton Riverside College:

    Zia Ali
    Sophia Bowe
    Bailey Carter
    Keira Davies
    Connor Errington
    Harvey Farrell
    Callum Gordon
    William Hart
    Freya Hebron
    Aiden Hope
    Pheebs Howard
    Emily Howard
    Adam Levick
    Laura Lillystone
    Gracie-Mae Howe
    A’Layah Parris
    Jack Pavey
    Ash Perfitt
    Taron Richardson
    Elliott Rumbold
    Milly Shield
    Emily Spence
    Alan Tarkil
    Millie Trodden
    Jess Williams
    Delroy Witbeen