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Camp Phoenix

Thu 8th - Fri 9th Feb

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.


Presented by Zest Theatre

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.

  • Date:
    Thu 8th - Fri 9th Feb 2024
  • Time:
    Various times
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  • Prices:

    Standard £12 | Live Pass £10

  • Performance contains flashing, oscillating lights, which may affect photosensitive viewers.

    Touch tours are available preshow on request, please get in touch to book this.