Perfect Show for Rachel
Step into Rachel's world in this experimental show as a learning disabled artist has the power to lead the creation of her ‘Perfect Show’.
Rachel is a theatre-loving, enigmatic 31 year-old who loves Kylie Minogue, heckling from the front row and seeing people falling over. She is a learning disabled care-home resident, and sister to Flo, Zoo Co’s Artistic Director.
Sitting on-stage on a throne with her custom-built tech desk, she takes charge as the director of every unique performance in real-time. A touch of a button can trigger music, lighting, theatrical scenes or choreography, brought to life instantly by a company of performers.
Perfect Show for Rachel was developed with Rachel, to create a show on her own terms. It explores who defines artistic taste, and questions who that currently excludes. Zoo Co are winners of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award in 2022.
We asked three local artists to come into our rehearsals and share a creative response from their time in rehearsals with us. See their responses below.
Becky Barry Integrated BSL Performer
Chloe Stally-Gibson Production Manager
Mark Aspinall Musical Director
Nick Gilbert Sound Designer and Stage Manager
Brian Duffy BSL Interpreter and Fight Director
Simeon Campbell Choreographer
Maria Laumark Creative Associate & Access Support Worker
Lara Marshall Company Support Worker and Assistant to Access Coordinator
Rachel O’Mahony Director
Flo O’Mahony Artistic Director
Olivia Munk Senior Producer
Sarah Verghese Community Producer
Fleur Rooth Access Manager
Lee Simpson Lead Artist, Performer and Facilitator
Stella Backman Set and Costume Designer
Rachel Sampley Lighting and Video Designer
Becky Barry Performer
Stephen Collins Performer
Sara Dawood Performer
Folarin Akinmade Performer
Fleur Angevine Rooth Performer
Michelle Hudson Live Scribe
Sarah Verghese Live Scribe
Mark Aspinall Performer
Nick Gilbert Performer
Lee Simpson Performer
Flo O'Mahony Performer
Ethan Pascal Peters Performer
Wendy O'Mahoney Performer and Onstage Carer