WE ARE ZOO CO
Zoo Co was established in 2013 and has since created multiple critically acclaimed indoor productions and site specific shows, which have toured to over 40 venues across the UK and internationally. We are currently booking 2019 tours for our award-winning show Sirens and our brand new children's show Messy.
We are also developing many other projects, from a show all about the wonders of Space science to a show created by and designed for AD Flo's sister Rachel, who is severely learning disabled: Perfect Show for Rachel. We also recently ran and curated a pop up theatre space right in the heart of Croydon for 9 months: Theatre on the High Street.
We are currently a Supported Company at Greenwich Theatre, part of the Emerging Companies Programme with New Diorama, and resident theatre company at Bridgehouse Theatre (Warwick) and Caterham ArtsHouse.
Since winning the Les Enfants Terribles Award 2014 with our debut production The Hive, we have developed a reputation for bringing 'explosive visual imagination' to our work, including in our outdoor production 'Monotone Man' commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, Imagine Watford, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Latitude.
The Zoo Co company have come together through non-traditional, alternative training routes, representing a new generation of theatre makers who are finding their voice in the industry via practical training and hands-on experience.
The company are very proud to be mentored by Lee Simpson, Co-Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed company Improbable, Les Enfants Terribles, Kath Burlinson, founder of the Authentic Artist Collective and Chris Grady.
Why the name?
Because we are drawn to the idea that we can study people in the same way that we study animals, and believe that each artist and participant and audience member brings with them something new and diverse - we're fascinated by both the everyday and the enormous, and hope to bring an instinctive, playful energy to everything we do. Our aim is to 'play lightly with things that matter deeply'.
Our playfulness as a group of theatre makers tells us to really mud-wrestle with ideas, to hibernate and nest, to work as a pack, to do what feels natural even if it seems silly, outrageous, vulnerable or brave. And when we invite our audiences to 'visit the zoo', we hope that they will see that instinctive, playful fascination that we have with people, including them, too...
ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY
As part of our work, Zoo Co offers an extensive and dedicated attitude to creating valuable, meaningful and important engagement projects and opportunities to support and enhance our touring work. These are partnered with our central touring programme, or created as stand-alone projects.
Zoo Co practitioners have facilitated workshops and projects at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, Lincoln Drill Hall, Caterham School, Warwick Boys School, The Castle, Royal Holloway University, Glenthorne School, Groombridge Place, Prospero Theatre (inclusive arts org), in care homes and in partnership with many other organisations. We believe that the conversations we have with our audiences about our work are of equal importance to the work itself, and we dedicate ourselves to maintaining a sharing, generous attitude towards engagement work as a vital part of our creative output.