Rachel sits behind a desk of different buttons while a person is comically wheeled along sticking their tongue out
Theatre

Perfect Show for Rachel

Zoo Co & Improbable
5 performances between Sat 4 - Tue 7 May 2024, various times
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Step into Rachel’s world in this experimental, joyful and critically-acclaimed show.

Following its sell-out premiere run at the Barbican in 2022 Perfect Show For Rachel comes to Brighton Festival. 

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. 

Called a ‘Joyous celebration of theatre without the rules’ in The Stage ★★★★ and ‘A disarming labour of love’ in The Times ★★★★ the chance to experience Rachel’s world is a unique, often hilarious and delightful experience for everyone. 

Created by Zoo Co Theatre, a multi award winning company creating theatre that loudly champions access, in collaboration with Improbable, a pioneering company of improvisers and theatre-makers who have been making ground-breaking work for the past 25 years. Perfect Show For Rachel was developed with Rachel to create a show on her own terms, exploring who defines artistic taste, and questions who that currently excludes.

Zoo Co are running a Buddy System for Perfect Show For Rachel. If you are coming to see the show alone we can pair you with a friendly Zoo Co 'buddy' if you want, so you can meet beforehand, watch the show together and maybe chat about it after. Just email [javascript protected email address] and she'll sort it.

‘Why can’t more theatre be like this? Open, relaxed, fun and full of love’
The Guardian
'A joyous piece of anarchic knockabout fun'
The Stage
'it’s a joyful space facilitated that enables Rachel to share her memories and interests in real time. Her direction is intentional, resulting in wildly funny scenes and heartfelt memories.'
Broadway World
A person smiling with people surrounding and gesturing towards them
A person screaming as the push chair they'r ein is lifted by a group of people
A group of people on satge lifting their arms to the camera, the fist 2 rows of people kneeling down
Rachel sits behind a desk of different buttons
Looking over the shoulder of Rachel and a mixing desk, a person sings into a hairbrush with projections of a photo collage of them
A man wearing a blonde wig and dancing
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A person smiling with people surrounding and gesturing towards them
A person screaming as the push chair they'r ein is lifted by a group of people
A group of people on satge lifting their arms to the camera, the fist 2 rows of people kneeling down
Rachel sits behind a desk of different buttons
Looking over the shoulder of Rachel and a mixing desk, a person sings into a hairbrush with projections of a photo collage of them
A man wearing a blonde wig and dancing

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