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Zoo Co Theatre: Perfect Show for Rachel

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

Rachel, a learning disabled artist, sits on a throne wearing a gold crown. There is a pink background behind her.

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.

Zoo Co Theatre are a multi award-winning company creating theatre that loudly champions access. 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.

Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes, no interval

Age guidance: 14+


Access performances 

All performances include creative captioning, live captioning and an integrated BSL performer in the cast, meaning it will be accessible for deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences. 

Additionally, all performances are Relaxed Performances. Find out more here.

Plus, take a look at our Accessible Events page to find out more about the accessibility of our venues.

Presented and co-produced by the Barbican

Image credit: Holly Revell Photography and Madison Coby (designer).

Members and Members Plus enjoy 20% off ticket prices for this show.

No booking fee. Discounted tickets subject to availability.

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Corporate Members enjoy discounted ticket prices to this performance. 

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Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online.  
Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.  

Booking a wheelchair space: Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected.  

Booking essential companion tickets: Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket.  

Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats: Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs. 

Under 16’s 
Save 50%. Proof of age required on collection.

£8, subject to availability 

Groups can book at a 20% discount, subject to availability. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking. 

*Excludes £3 booking fee
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Relaxed performances

All performances of Perfect Show for Rachel are Relaxed Performances as standard, meaning the usual rules of being in a theatre audience are relaxed, and you are warmly invited to respond to the show however is natural for you.

For this production:

  • The house will be opened early to allow you more time to find your seats.
  • A member of the cast will lead a pre-show welcome talk.
  • The Front of House team are briefed on providing a more informal service and relaxing the standards in regard to audience behaviour during the performance.
  • Latecomer and re-admittance points will be relaxed to allow people to leave and re-enter the auditorium more freely. 
  • There will be low level lighting throughout the performance to ensure your safety if you need to move about.
  • Auditorium doors will be kept open during the performance to assist you in entering and exiting the theatre during the performance.
  • Some seats are kept off-sale so you can move around during the performance more freely (within reason and managed by the Front of House team).
  • The cast and creative team warmly welcome you to move around or make noise however you may need to.
  • A quiet chill out space is provided with comfortable seating.
  • Ear defenders are available if you need them.

There will still be sound and lighting effects in the show according to Rachel's creative vision. There won't be strobe/ flashing lights or any sudden loud noises.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further before making a booking.  Contact the Theatre team at [email protected] or 020 7638 4141 extention 7434.

Take a look at our Accessible Events page to find out more about the accessibility of our venues.

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