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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 33 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. Created by Zoo Co Theatre, a multi award-winning company creating theatre that loudly champions access, with Improbable, a pioneering company of improvisers and theatre-makers. 

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Photo credit: Ikin Yum

Upcoming shows

Friday 24th May - Sunday 9th June 2024

Photos and videos

Production photography by Ikin Yum

Show Credits 2024:


Gabriel Akamo  

Folarin Akinmade

Becky Barry

Stephen Collins          

Sara Dawood 

Nick Gilbert

Joshua Goodman

Flo O’Mahony

Wendy O'Mahony

Fleur Rooth

Lee Simpson

Austin Yang    


Chloe Stally-Gibson, Production Manager

Charlotte Driessler, Stage Manager

Fana Sunley-Smith, Stage Manager

Seraphina Denton, Production Assistant  

Creative Team

Rachel O’Mahony, Director

Flo O’Mahony, also Lead Artist and Artistic Director, Zoo Co

Lee Simpson, also Lead Artist and Artistic Director, Improbable

Stella Backman, Set and Costume Designer

Rachel Sampley, Lighting and Video Designer 

Joshua Goodman, Musical Director

Nick Gilbert, Sound Designer

Han Sayles, Assistant LX and Video Designer

Fleur Rooth, also Creative Access Director, Zoo Co

Simeon Campbell, Choreographer

Esme Cooper, Fight Director

Sophie Woolley, Dramaturg (BSL)

Daryl Jackson BSL Translator  


Access Team  

Hannah Skaili, Access Coordinator

Maria Laumark, Access Support Worker

Laurie Ogden, Access Support Worker 

Ruth Newbury-Payton, Access Support Worker

Betty Williams Singh, Company Support worker

Ess Grange, Audio Describer

Wendy O’Mahony, main carer for Rachel

Lucy Flight, Carer

With thanks to Ormsby House Staff team, David O’Mahony


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. 

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