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Onstage Live Musical Director / Performer: PERFECT SHOW FOR RACHEL


Project: Perfect Show For Rachel @ Brighton venue and Barbican - April - June 2024

Role: Onstage Musical Director/ Performer


Project Dates: 

March 2024 - Pre-production meetings/ prep

April 2024 - Rehearsals (exact dates TBC)

Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd June - Tech @ Brighton venue

Saturday 4th May - Saturday 11th May - Brighton venue performances

Monday 20th May - Friday 24th May - Tech @ Barbican

Friday 24th May - Sunday 9th June - Performances @ Barbican



Fee approx £6140 to include prep, rehearsals and run as outlined above.


About the show:

Perfect Show For Rachel is an Offie award-winning production, originally produced by Zoo Co as the winners of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, premiering at Barbican in November 2022. Now, Zoo Co is co-producing a remounted version of the production with Improbable for performances as part of the Brighton Festival and a return to Barbican for a 3 week run this summer.


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.


Critical Acclaim:

‘Extraordinary’ - ***** Broadway World

‘A total delight… Why can’t more theatre be like this?’ - ***** Guardian

‘Joyous’ - **** The Stage

‘A disarming labour of love’ - **** The Times

OFFIE Winner - Access

OFFIE Nominated - I.D.E.A Production


Job Role - Onstage Musical Director/ Performer


Essential Skills:

  • Strong live keyboard skills - Rachel’s taste is predominantly pop and musical theatre but a broad range of genres/ styles is preferable

  • Strong working knowledge of using patches/ keyboard programming to create different musical styles/ genres/ sound effects

  • Previous experience leading singers/ musicians as a Musical Director/ equivalent role in a professional production

  • Experience arranging/ teaching music for mixed vocal and instrumental abilities with actor-musicians, singers and non-singers with a pop and Musical Theatre style

  • Strong, confident musical improvisational skills to underscore and collaborate with the company during improvised moments

  • Strong and confident comedy/ character acting skills - this role is an onstage role and performs as part of the ensemble in many of the scenes when music isn’t required. Rachel takes no prisoners! You need to feel confident about interacting with Rachel and other performers during the show. 

  • Confidence and commitment to realising the director's vision, even if that means being ‘in the shit’ on stage! We don’t know what’s going to happen each night.

  • Confident singing skills (either soloist or as part of a group)


Other skills we want to know about if you have them:

  • Experience/ training in improvisation - the show is semi-improvised every night

  • Experience in working with disabled artists, or learning disabled adults/ artists in any setting

  • British Sign Language skills (any level, please state your level in your application)

  • Experience working with deaf artists/ Deaf Awareness training

  • Any other musical instruments which help to achieve a pop/ musical theatre sound on stage 

  • Movement skills

  • Stage combat/ physical theatre experience 


  • Lead the ensemble as a competent musical director in singing solo and group songs according to Rachel’s tastes (company has mixed singing abilities)

  • Arranging songs for a small onstage band (percussion, guitar)

  • Patching and programming the keyboard, with support from the Sound Designer

  • Rehearse and train as part of the performance ensemble

  • Attend all tech rehearsals and be available to support music specific technical aspects

  • Perform on stage every night, both as a musical director and as a performer in the show. This role cannot be depped.

​We are able to provide a keyboard/ equipment if you do not already own this, although we would welcome/ anticipate the Musical Director having their own set up for this role.


A general note:

This show is challenging, and requires every creative to fully embrace an entirely different way of making theatre, to be fully committed to Rachel’s vision even when it challenges our own ideas about what makes ‘good art’ and to genuinely want to step into the unknown with us. The show is different every night. 


There is no magic formula or skillset for who ‘the right person’ might be for a role like this, but we tend to find people who are authentic, kind, silly, brave and open-minded are best fitted to working on this show. 


(If you meet most, but not all, of the above Essential Criteria, but you feel in your bones that this show suits you as an artist, we would still encourage you to apply - please be up front about any skills/ experience gaps)


How to apply:

Please send:

  • A recent CV

  • A link to a short audio or video file of you playing/ performing as a pianist/ musician/ singer

  • A brief cover email detailing why you are the right fit for this project


Please submit your application to no later than 4pm on Friday 9th February 2024.


If you have any access needs relating to applying for this role, please contact Fleur, our Creative Access Director, on Any questions about the role itself, please contact Flo on


We anticipate organising informal 1-2-1 chats between the team and shortlisted candidates throughout February.


Our recruitment process:

We will confirm by reply that we have received your application. 

We will always let you know the outcome of our decisions at every stage of the application process. 

We will be able to offer feedback to shortlisted candidates who attend an interview, if requested. 

We welcome feedback from you on how you felt the application process went.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 23rd February 2024, please let us know.

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