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Perfect Show for Rachel

Barbican - Nov 2022

Zoo Co Theatre

Lighting, Video, and Creative Captions

PSFR is a show orchestrated by director Rachel O'Mahony, a learning disabled care-home resident, who uses a custom-built tech desk designed by Rachel Sampley. The desk is able to trigger lighting, video, projections, and sound sequences in a non-linear fashion; giving Rachel O'Mahony agency and control over the performance. This tied together a total of thirty-nine custom buttons, five computers, three projectors, one live camera feed, four screens, and a lighting desk. 

Zoo Co received The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award.

Perfect Show for Rachel won the Off West End Award for Access.


"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


Patent Pending

Part of Unscene  -  Oct 2022

Stanley Arts

Lighting, Video, and Creative Captions


Unscene was an immersive installation connecting the work of five individual artists from different disciplines. Patent Pending was an ethereal installation containing animation, creative typography, curated interactive props, and whimsical surreal poetry. Rachel wrote, designed, and narrated the piece.

Supported by The Heritage Fund.



July 2022

The National - The Dorfman

Video and Creative Captions

Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
Associate Director: Paula Garfield


Barrier(s) was the recipient of The New Views 2022 competition. Written by Eloise Pennycott, the play tells a dystopian future of two queer women, one deaf and one hearing, as they navigate a whole where sign language becomes illegal.  

The Great Gatsby


Upcoming; Theatre Clywd, Wales

Previous: London; York; Harrogate; Seoul, Koera


The Great Gatsby is the longest-running immersive show in the UK. Rachel joined the production in 2017 as its first lighting designer and is still with the London production and will be designing the co production with Theatre Clywd. 

"strong lighting design from Rachel Sampley"
-The Stage

"Rachel Sampley’s lighting works gorgeous effects, by turns frenetic and moody...capturing the colourful mania of Gatsby’s parties"
-The Guardian

Follow the Signs

August 2022

Soho Theatre

Video and Creative Captions

Director: Harry Jardine


Follow the Signs is an autobiographical hip hop gig theatre piece containing rap, dance, visual vernacular, and BSL by Chris Fonseca. 


'It is definitive proof that we need many more stories exploring the themes that Fonseca so charismatically raises.'
-The Guardian

Deaf dancer Chris Fonseca’s play is poppy, punchy and personal

-Liam O'Dell

Rise of the Refrain

Sept 2021

Stanley Arts

Lighting, Video, and Creative Captions

Rise of the Refrain was written and performed by Liv Wynter, asks what happens when a Greek chorus goes on strike.

The show featured a live punk band and is performed in spoken word, integrated BSL performed by lead performer Alexandra James, and creative captioning.


The video design combined found footage, filmed content, and custom 2d animations. All the content and captions were carefully spread across eight screens and one rear projector.