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Ground Breaking Theatre At The Hive, Shrewsbury

Research suggests that half of the British population will experience one traumatic event in their lifetime. How do you think you would you cope if it happened to you?

‘Thrive’ is an extraordinary play by Zest Theatre, exploring people’s abilities to thrive even at times when life is difficult. In the play, 3 young people; Ollie, Ashleigh and Raph are thrown together by a sudden death, finding themselves wrestling with the emotional consequences of this painful event. These three young people didn't go looking for suffering, but suffering found them anyway. Join them on their journey and stand side by side with them as they recover, survive and maybe even thrive.

This exciting production for young people uses humour, movement and spoken word. Zest Theatre surround the audience to beautifully portray the most challenging of emotions with courage and optimism.

Director of the play, Toby Ealden from Zest Theatre says: “It is great to have the Hive at Shrewsbury part of our tour for ‘Thrive’. Developing this play has been a challenging but at the same time inspirational process and we are really excited to finally be able to present it to audiences across the UK. ”

Developed in collaboration with psychologists and inspired by true stories of young people, Thrive shows us what happens when three people, pushed to the edge of what they can bear, dig deep and learn to live on. It is a life-affirming look at finding hope in the face of adversity.

The Hive, a registered charity and a Shrewsbury town centre arts & creative venue is able to bring this play to Shrewsbury audiences thanks to its Arts Council England funding.

Salla Virman CEO of the Hive says: "’Thrive’ is a great addition to our spring programme and even though the play is primarily aimed at young people 14+, I would also really encourage anyone interesting in youth work, mental health, counselling or on the other hand – high quality theatre – to come and see this unique play."

As an immersive play, audiences are not sitting down in their seats but very much at the centre of the action. The Hive will be hosting two shows on Tuesday 14th March – first one at 4pm and an evening performance at 6:30pm. Group and School bookings accepted, free workshops available for schools as well as Q&A sessions with actors.

Tickets can be purchased from the Hive as well as online; www.hiveonline.org.uk

Suitable for ages 14+. Contains strong language and emotional themes.

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