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ABOUT AKIN

Akin are Anna Beecher and Rachel Lincoln.

Rachel Lincoln creates visual theatre. Anna Beecher is a writer. Together, we make visual, sensory theatre with text.


Our Values:​


Connection- We create theatre and other experiences which allow people to share time with those who are most important to them. Our work invites people to engage in activities together, rather than passively watching. 

Inclusivity - All of our performances are relaxed performances. Our work operates on multiple levels and can be engaged with deeply by people with sensory, physical or intellectual impairments or people with english a second language. We continue to learn about inclusive practices and interrogate our biases. We we work in partnership with venues toward inclusive best practice.  


Acknowledgement - Our work makes the audience feel seen. We don’t shut audiences behind a fourth wall. 


Quality - We create world class performance with international reach.  Whatever age-group a show is for, the content reflects what we care about. 


Wellbeing - Our shows are a chance to slow down, step out of the everyday, experience beauty and feel present. We want people to leave our work feeling better than when they went in. We work in a relaxed way, and consider the wellbeing of our creative team throughout our processes.

Shows

Our first show Nest is a stunning multi-sensory performance work for babies and their parents and carers. Find out more here.

We are currently developing a new work, called House, which will be an immersive show for 2-5 year olds and their adults. 


More about Anna and Rachel

Rachel Lincoln trained at the Lecoq School in Paris, in performance & experimental scenography. She recently directed New Views at the National Theatre and was Associate and Staff Director at the National Theatre on Hedda Gabler & on the UK & Ireland Tour, directed by Ivo Van Hove.

Anna Beecher’s work for theatre includes, The Surplus, a new play commissioned by Young Vic Taking Part, and Glow at Battersea Arts Centre. She is the recipient of the $10,000 Henfield Prize for fiction and her first novel, Here Comes the Miracle, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Anna and Rachel both worked as early-years facilitators for 7 years, which informed and inspired the creation of Nest.  They have also also worked together to create theatre for/with people with life limiting illnesses (St Christopher’s Hospice) and learning-disabled young adults (artsdepot).

Akin are international associate artists at Farnham Maltings.

You can find out more about Rachel at www.rachellincoln.co.uk and Anna at www.annabeecher.com

 

NEST

A stunning multi-sensory experience for pre-walking babies

A stunning sensory performance for babies (0-14 months), their parents and carers.


Unfolding in a custom-built performance tent, Nest takes audiences on a journey through the seasons. It uses playful poetry supported by an original score, movement, puppetry, tactile play and complete engagement of the senses to awaken babies curiosity and remind grownups of the wonder of being in the world for the first time.


Gentle, surprising and magical.

Audiences say:

'Exceptional...every single element was spot on'

​'There was a sense of wonder and excitement. My child was enchanted'

​'The best half hour of my child's life!'

 

DATES

2019

You can next see Nest at Strike a Light Festival in Gloucester on October 7th and 8th! Click here for tickets and times.

Then, on October 23rd-27th, Nest will be at Lincoln Centre in New York City. Click here for tickets and times!


Nest is suitable for pre-walking babies (0-14 months) and their parents and carers.

'Exceptional...every single element was spot on'

Previous Shows

March 2019 Tour in association with artsdepot funded by Arts Council England and supported by house theatre. 

FRI, 01 MAR

10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm

Farnham Maltings

Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

SAT, 02 MAR

10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm, 2pm

artsdepot,

5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 0GA

SUN, 03 MAR

10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm

artsdepot,

5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 0GA

MON, 04 MAR

11am, 12pm, 1pm

Stantonbury Theatre

Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN

TUE, 05 MAR

11am, 12pm, 1pm

Thameside Theatre

Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

WED, 06 MAR

11am,12.20pm,1.30pm

Harlow Playhouse

Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS

SUN, 10 MAR

11.15am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Warwick Arts Centre

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

MON, 11 MAR

11.30am, 1pm, 2pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

TUE, 12 MAR

10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

WED, 13 MAR

11am, 1pm, 2pm

The New Wolsey Theatre
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS

THU, 14 MAR

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

The Curve
William Street, Slough SL1 1XY

FRI, 15 MAR

11am, 12pm, 1pm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts,

Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

SUN, 17 MAR

10.45am, 12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm

Cambridge Junction
Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

MON, 18 MAR

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Rhodes Art Complex, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 3JG

TUE, 19 MAR

11am, 1pm, 2pm

Ropetackle Arts Centre,

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG

THU, 21 MAR

11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

Quarterhouse
Mill Bay, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1BN

SUN, 24 MAR

11am, 1pm, 3pm

The Lowry
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ

TUE, 26 MAR

11am, 12.30pm, 2pm

The Woodville

Woodville Place, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1DD

WED, 27 MAR

10.45am, 11.45am, 2pm, 3pm

Stratford Circus Arts Centre,

Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

THU, 28 MAR

10.45am, 11.45am, 2pm, 3pm

Stratford Circus Arts Centre,

Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

FRI, 29 MAR

11am, 1.30pm

Cornerstone Arts Centre,
Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE

SAT, 20 JULY

July 12, 2025

The Place

Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9PY

 
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