Explosive theatre, dance and cutting-edge technology combine in a flagship performance set to tour across the North West


Core, is a brand-new commission for audiences aged 8-13 and their families from the children’s theatre specialists Big Imaginations.


Big Imaginations are back and this time they’re presenting brilliant, brand-new theatre for audiences aged 8-13 and their families.


The commission will see URBAN conceptz theatre present Core, a silent piece of theatre that mixes innovative storytelling, stunning audio visual technology, mask work and explosive movement theatre.


Using a set of headphones, Core takes each audience member on a personal journey through a large-scale steel structure, inviting them to trace the parallels of three potent stories exploring life as a young person in today’s fast-paced and judgemental world.


Lancashire Encounters Festival have commissioned the first phase of research and development allowing URBAN conceptz theatre to work with children across the North West, culminating in a performance at the Lancashire festival on Saturday 24 September.


Core is a creative collaboration between URBAN conceptz theatre and Big Imaginations, designed to address Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity and produce theatre that speaks to today’s audiences and is reflective of the society we live in today.


Established in May 2014 by  award-winning Artistic Director Ryan Harston, URBAN conceptz theatre is as diverse as the work they produce, made up of artists from different cultural backgrounds, environments and work practices with the with the aim to create new and exciting work that amazes, inspires and challenges audiences worldwide. Previous shows include The Freedom of Freewill, incorporating a stunning fusion of soundscapes and breath-taking movement which has become the company’s hallmark.


Core will be developed by working with audiences across the North West during its research and development, before premiering at the Big Imaginations Festival in October 2017 ahead of a national tour in November/December 2017.






For further information, images, or for interview / press review ticket requests, please contact Laura Stevens at laura@z-arts.org or 0161 226 1912.


About Big Imaginations


Big Imaginations is a region-wide group of venues and promoters dedicated to bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the North West. From grand auditoriums to rural village halls and everything in between, our mission is to spark the imagination of children aged 0-13 with the wonder of theatre.


Big Imaginations is headed up by Z-arts, who has brought together 15 venues to make the North West’s children’s theatre offer bigger, better and more affordable. For a full list of venues involved and work programmed visit www. bigimaginations.co.uk


In 2015 Big Imaginations commissioned and produced The Adventures of Pom, a brand-new piece of theatre for ages 0-4 and their families. Continuing its wonderful obsession with bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the North West, Sponge the brand new early years commission for 2016 is set to premiere at Just So Festival in August 2016, before embarking on a UK tour.


About Z-arts


Z-arts is Manchester’s only dedicated venue for children and families. It’s Z-arts mission to inspire and enable generations of young people from Manchester and beyond to use creativity to maximise their potential.


About URBAN conceptz


URBAN conceptz theatre is a brand new URBAN movement Theatre company that has been setup with the aim to create new and exciting work that amazes, inspires and challenges audiences worldwide. With a fusion of skills and attributes including; Parkour, Gymnastics, Breakdance, Contemporary and physical theatre UCT are setting out to establish themselves as the leading URBAN movement theatre company known today.



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