Last year I decided to take the plunge and make my first solo show. Most of my ideas centred on my little brother Sean who has severe learning disabilities and autism. What started this was being asked by an audition application to write a short story, so I wrote about ‘The Christmas I nearly killed my brother’ (by accident). This is part of my collection of stories centring on usual experiences based around Sean, which I am now aware are not entirely normal.
‘He Ain’t Heavy’ will use physical theatre, aerial circus and puppetry to look at my relationship with Sean and the future responsibility I will have for him.
With this project I hope to reach out to other siblings of people with special needs and autism, to raise awareness about the established groups and support networks out there and to give an insight into some of my experiences for those who don’t know someone with special needs.
The outcome of the first development phase in 2015 was be performed as a scratch performance at Circomedia during the Circus City festival as part of the event VOLT: Women in Circus produced by Ausform in partnership with Circomedia. Read a review from Lucy Loves Circus here.
This summer we have been working away to set up a new company Oddly Moving Circus Theatre as a conducter for our future work. During the month of August we will be running a series of workshops and in late August and September continue to developing the show culminating in two preview performances on the 29th of September at Trinity Bristol. If you would like to attend the preview performances please email lina(a)ausform.co.uk
To date He Ain’t Heavy has been created with support from by the Arts Council England, Ausform, Circomedia, Invisible Circus, The Point Eastleigh, Hull Truck, The Elmgrant Trust, Trinity Centre and Bristol Autism Support.