The 2015 season at ZOO Venues has seen a stunning array of work, and showcased a plethora of talent from all over the world. With the addition of our new space; the Sanctuary, ZOO has been able to welcome even more companies, showcasing a diverse range of theatre, dance and physical theatre. ZOO’s keen eye for fantastic, emerging theatre companies has allowed it to build a programme that supports new talent, while its established reputation for hosting exceptional and award-winning dance continues to thrive.
As part of the Czech Dance Season, VerTeDance brought us Correction, a mesmerising and unique exploration of human limitation for which they received a Herald Angel, adding to their already impressive collection of accolades.
Our Main House played host to YAMA, the ambitiously produced and visually stunning work by Scottish Dance Theatre in association with Damien Jalet. Hailed as 'an intensely atmospheric work' by the Evening Standard, YAMA astounded and inspired the imaginations of audiences and critics alike.
Following the success of two previous fringe festivals, The Wardrobe Ensemble enjoyed a hugely popular run. Their quirky and seamlessly performed 1972: The Future of Sex, one of Lyn Gardner’s Top Tickets for the Fringe, received a Stage Award for Acting Excellence. ZOO Southside also saw the return of This Theatre Company, with their highly satirical, physical and fast paced comedy Police Cops. With a sell out run, This Theatre were the second ZOO company to receive The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, as well as being awarded a Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence.
Amongst our award winning theatre programme, with high ticket demands and a high syllable count, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons brought an insightful glance into a dystopian world of speech limitation. Walrus Theatre consistently delivered an evocative sell out show hailed for its compelling and intelligent writing from young playwright Sam Steiner.
ZOO was also proud to host the launch of Stopgap Dance Company’s innovative new iF Platform which showcased and supported disabled artists in the UK. Marc Brew, Stopgap Dance Company and Rowan James brought us three stunning and original pieces of work.
The final week of the festival saw an influx of new and exciting work from the British Council Showcase. Liz Aggiss’ The English Channel was a punchy, abstract and bizarre piece of theatre. Diary of a Madman by Living Pictures was called ‘a smart, dark, genuinely intense', whilst Annie Siddons, Robbie Synge, Greg Wohead and the Welsh Dance Strand provided new inspiration for weary fringe-goers.
With 58 companies from 10 countries presenting over 1000 performances, ZOO has once again proved to be the home for exceptional artists presenting work in the way it should be seen with a level of support rarely seen in the Fringe.