Giant baby comes to Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park for ZARA – a theatrical production on learning disability and motherhood

Katherine Johnston (09 May, 2019)

Southwark Presents card holders get 50 per cent off

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A 22-foot-high baby is due to be delivered in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park this weekend, as part of an outdoor theatre production described by its artistic director as ‘a cross between Godzilla, the Paralympics opening ceremony and a sci-fi film.”

Bigger than a double decker bus, the giant baby is part of a theatre extravaganza, ZARA, telling the story of a mother and her fight to product her newborn daughter as it examines learning disability and parenthood.

Created by Mind the Gap, a theatre company, and outdoor art specialists, Walk the Plank, Zara has been three years in the making and is described as an epic event for all the family.

Featuring a cast of more than 100, a music score by Sarah Llewellyn, and army tanks, cherry pickers and 4x4s, the production was debuted in Halifax, Yorkshire, to more than 3,500 people.

Artistic Director, Joyce Nga Yu Lee said: “There are poignant stories to be told with theatre and this is one; whilst it’s fun, upbeat, contains ridiculous dances and baby ‘poo’ – which we’ve affectionately named ‘Poo-mageddon’ – there is also a story about parenting, motherhood and people with learning disabilities.

“When I started working on this project, I knew I wanted to make it big – I wanted it to be in your face so that people had to take notice.

“I always imagined it to be like a cross between Godzilla, the Paralympics opening ceremony, and a sci-fi film!

“I think ZARA will stay with you long after you leave.”

ZARA will be held at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, home to the Imperial War Museum, on Friday May 10, and Saturday May 11, from 9pm, with refreshment from 7pm.

Tickets cost £8 or £28 for a group of four. Southwark Presents card holders are entitled to 50 per cent off.

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