Play to help Luton youngsters Thrive

Thrive aims to empower its audience to find strength in adversity
Thrive aims to empower its audience to find strength in adversity

A “life-affirming” play encouraging young people to express their feelings about death comes to Luton on Saturday.

Based on case studies and insights from leading researchers, Thrive uses humour, movement and spoken word to explore psychology and help audiences understand how trauma affects people.

The play is about Ollie, Ashleigh and Ralph, three young people who are thrown together by the sudden death of someone they knew. They find themselves wrestling with the turbulent emotions that painful events throw up.

By placing the audience in the middle of the set with actors speaking directly to them, Thrive aims to help audiences confront stressful situations, portraying the most challenging of emotions with courage and optimism.

The show is presented by Zest Theatre. Director Toby Ealden said: “We believe in the power of the arts to empower our participants and change lives.

“But too often we meet young people whose negative life experiences have left them feeling isolated, worthless and ‘boxed in’. With a rise in young people’s mental health issues reported in the media, we felt the time was right to make a show that tackled this stuff head on.

“We want to empower our audience to grab life with both hands, face challenges, find strength in the face of adversity and ultimately Thrive.”

The show takes to the stage at the Hat Factory at 7.30pm. It runs for 60 minutes and is suitable for ages 14 and above. Tickets cost £7.

Call 01582 878100 or visit to book or for more information.