The Company

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FLORENCE O’MAHONY

Artistic Director + Engagement Officer

Principal Artist

Florence trained with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Her work for the company includes creative development, access, bringing new projects into realisation, casting, managing venue relationships, funding and developing the company’s growing engagement work in schools, community groups and alongside venues. 

Florence is also a freelance director, poet, and performer and is currently Assistant Director for Inside Pussy Riot with Les Enfants Terribles.

She is also researching and developing Perfect Show For Rachel, supported by Improbable and New Diorama. This piece explores access and neuro-diversity, with Flo collaborating directly with Rachel, her severely learning disabled sister.

Florence trained with National Youth Theatre, and has been a Production Assistant for Jamie Wilson Productions and has shadowed Improbable’s rehearsal process for ‘The Bear’, going on to gain ongoing mentoring from co-artistic director, Lee Simpson. 

You can contact Florence directly on florence@zooco.co.uk.



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Rosalind Hoy

Creative Producer + Press Officer

Principal Artist


Rosalind joined The Zoo Co during the development of The Hive in 2013. Since then she has taken on the role of Creative Producer and performed in every production.

In her producing role for Zoo Co, Rosalind is responsible for company management, marketing, liaising with venues, scheduling, accounting, casting and creative producing. Rosalind also curates the programme for Caterham ArtsHouse and is currently co-directing The Tempest at Warwick School with Florence.

Alongside her work for Zoo Co, Rosalind is a freelance producer and arts administrator currently working with Austentatious during their West End transfer and The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company.

If you are a venue looking to work with us, or would like further information about our plans for touring, please contact Rosalind on rosalind@zooco.co.uk.

Rosalind is also responsible for running the company’s press office, for any press enquiries, including editorial/ features content for your publication, please contact her directly at press@zooco.co.uk.



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Fleur Rooth

Co-founder

Principal Artist + Events Coordinator

Fleur has trained with The National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Film Academy.

Since then she has played leading roles in multiple film projects, including ‘The Sampson Killings’ which was released in Autumn 2013.

Fleur’s work for The Zoo includes playing ‘Sara’ in The Hive, Scarlet in ‘The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon’, and as part of the ensemble/ devising team for Monotone Man. Fleur also co-produced Zoo Co’s Halloween Spectacular at Groombridge Place’s Enchanted Forest and manages other events for the company.

Fleur is also an accredited Personal Trainer, and will have the Zoo Animals whipped into shape in no time!


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Nick Gilbert

Co-founder

Principal Artist + Writer

Nick’s work for The Zoo includes playing ‘Koto’ in The Hive, which he co-wrote with Flo, and ‘Clive’ in ‘The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon’, which he also co-wrote and devised with the company. Nick played the title role in ‘Monotone Man’, Zoo Co’s outdoor show at Lyric Hammersmith.

Nick performed in ‘The Herd’ as Simon, the play’s central character, and was awarded with The Best Young Actor Award for his portrayal.

Nick is also a professional fire performer, specifically working in Fire Poi performance. This came in particularly handy during The Zoo’s Halloween spectacular at Groombridge Place, where Nick played a fire spinning mutinous pirate! He is currently training in acrobatics at NCCA whilst leading a solo project exploring masculinity, supported by Zoo Co.



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Folarin Akinmade

Associate Artist + Photographer

Speaking in the third person just so happens to be one of Folarin’s greatest pleasures. It was for that reason that Folarin went to King’s College, London to study Law. He graduated in 2012, but not before putting his Trinity Guildhall Drama training to good use in the musical theatre and theatre societies, working as Press Secretary for the latter.

It was during this time that he co-founded All The King’s Men, King’s College, London’s first all-male a cappella group, an outfit with whom he toured the East coast of America, as well as a sell-out show at the Edinburgh fringe. Since that time, Folarin has worked in music promo, started up a music blog and a clothing company, and retrained as a creative copywriter. He often lends the Zoo his talents as a videographer, and occasionally dusts off the cobwebs for the odd thespian outing.

Folarin has performed as the understudy ‘Network Controller’ in The Hive and as part of the ensemble for Monotone Man. He is a regular performer at Don’t Feed The Penguin, the company’s regular spoken word, live music and comedy events.



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Liberty Bliss

Associate Artist + Choreographer

Liberty was the movement director for ‘The Hive’ and performed in ‘Monotone Man’ last summer with Zoo Co.

Liberty has just completed her training with the Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, and continues to develop her aerial skills at Upswing, focusing on aerial hoop and trapeze for the time being.

Libby also works as a performer with the Flying Seagull Project at various UK festivals, fundraising for this incredible cause, and has since headed out to work internationally for the charity as a street performer.

Liberty is a trained dancer, and performs with a professional dance troupe. She worked on the choreography/movement in ‘The Hive’ and ‘Monotone Man’.



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Hedley (Jimmy) Roach

Associate Artist

Hedley trained (Choo Choo) at the Wessex Academy Of Performing Arts in sunny Weston-Super-Mare and at the BRIT School in even sunnier Selhurst.

Hedley first joined the Zoo Co Theatre Co. for the Monotone Man last summer, and has recently joined the company gallivanting around the country playing ‘Jeff’, in GIANT.

Over the last few years he has been a puppeteer in the Bafta Nominated MANoMAN, toured the UK in several productions, and appeared in several short films. Hedley is currently writing his own original music and is joining the cast of the Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon.



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Freddie Crossley

Associate Artist

Freddie joined the company for The Girl Who Fell in Love with the Moon. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2014 where he was involved in a diverse range of acting, directing and writing with companies including The Cambridge Footlights, The Marlowe Society and The Cambridge Greek Play (performed in Ancient Greek(!)). Here he found a love for puppetry and has since talked to a lot of puppety people, made quite a few puppets and worked with Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town. Freddie is about to embark upon Little Angel Theatre’s new puppet making/ manipulating course, before coming back to work on The Zoo Co’s new project, ‘Giant’.

When he is not doing this sort of thing Freddie makes pots and puppets and paints and makes bread and generally exists somewhere in the South Downs. Freddie has just finished this leg of his journey with Zoo Co and is currently working with Theatre Royal, Chichester.


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Marissa Beatty

Board Member + Co-founder

Marissa has worked with Florence on productions since they first met at their local theatre over ten years ago.

Marissa is currently working on the Sab Team as Societies Officer at Warwick Univeristy. She has gained experience working with various law firms who specialise in the arts industry, including Reed Smith and Bray & Krais, as well as the Legal Counsel at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

Marissa has been a part-time Production Assistant/Runner for Les Enfant Terribles‘ ‘The Trench’ during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and 2013, the company’s 2012 transfer to the Old Vic Tunnels and national tour in 2013.

Marissa has also been known to perform on stage on a number of occassions. Her most recent roles include ‘Rachel’ in Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ (directed by Flo) and ‘Essie’ in The Barnstormers’ award-winning production of ‘Parade’ at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall.



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Mark Aspinall

Associate Artist + Composer

Mark studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked on a number of West End musicals including ‘The Pajama Game’ and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Stephen Ward’.

Mark was also the Musical Director for ‘Titanic’ at Southwark Playhouse and its international tour to Canada.

Mark’s work for The Zoo Co includes composition for ‘The Hive’, musical direction and performance as part of ‘The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Moon’, for which he has developed the role of ‘Jack’, and he was the composer and musical director for the full score of GIANT.


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Charlotte Driessler

Associate Artist

A keen supporter of The Zoo Co for many years, Charlotte was thrilled to join the company of GIANT during Edinburgh Fringe 2016, both as a performer (understudying Rosalind’s role) and as a creative collaborator during the re-development of this devised piece in July.

Charlotte graduated in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has performed on stages across the UK including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Albert Hall and BBC Radio 3 in a wide range of productions, as well as touring her own devised work to Germany and the Czech Republic this summer.

An experienced teacher and workshop facilitator, Charlotte especially enjoys working with young people but loves the Zoo Co spirit that encourages participation and play in it’s audiences of all ages.



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Andy Skipper

Associate Artist

Andrew studied Drama and Theatre, and a Masters in Playwriting at Royal Holloway University of London before training with The Actors Class.

He has performed spoken word at the Zoo Cos’ ‘Don’t Feed The Penguin’ events and assists the company as a creative workshop facilitator.

He is co-founder and artistic director of The Underground Clown Club Theatre Company with whom he performs and produces new writing and poetry in London.

Andrew spends most of his time panicking, but in the few minutes he has spare he is a professional magician and multi instrumentalist.



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Jason Nolan

Composer

Jason has composed full scores for both The Hive and Monotone Man for Zoo Co, which have received critical acclaim. Jason is a musician in his own right, currently producing and releasing his own music. You can find out more about Jason’s work by heading to his Soundcloud and Facebook pages.