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.
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.
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 and Anna at
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.
'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!'