ZHE' (pronounced zee) is a gender-neutral pronoun - not he or she. Traveling from idyllic Harare, Zimbabwe to London's gritty inner city; from the playfulness of childhood to the pain of adolescence; from the desire for forgiveness to self-acceptance, this humorous yet haunting drama encompasses the multiplicity of our cultural, gender and sexual identities and takes a fresh look at what makes us who we are.
Collective Artistes (CA) is a professional theatre company committed to producing excellent theatrical experiences that tell the stories of the African Diaspora. Inspired by his mentor Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Artistic Director Chuck Mike founded Collective Artistes in Nigeria in 1988 with the aim of producing stunning and vibrant theatre that has a tangible impact in the wider community. CA was incorporated in the UK in 2002 and became a UK registered charity in 2006. Through epic tales that explore common humanity across cultures, CA's plays aim to challenge mythologies of the African Diaspora, encourage social cohesion and create social change. CA believes that only exceptional art creates social change, and therefore strive for artistic excellence in all our projects. CA teams productions with Theatre for Social Change initiatives - drama-based projects that engage young people and community members in identifying and addressing areas of social concern. These projects are designed to empower communities and to promote cultural diversity, tolerance and equality. Collective Artistes tours professional theatre production nationally approximately every 18-months. Their work has attracted co-producing partnerships from established venues across the UK, including the Barbican, Young Vic, Royal Court, National Theatre Studio, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the London International Festival of Theatre.