The Show

Storyline

On a simple stage with a trapeze, circus rope and set of drums, four performers tell us stories from their lives: memories of the past 18 months and childhood memories too. They look at times of uncertainty when they had to make big decisions. Should I fall in love with that person? Should I have children? Should I leave the house? They remember decisions their parents made for them: having a life-changing operation, letting them train as a circus performer, teaching them to stand up for what is right.

The show features live original music, soulful drumming, rope and trapeze performance, dance, film made with communities across England and footage from the performers’ actual lives. The audio is delivered through headphones, creating an intimate relationship between performer and audience member. Audio description is available and the show is BSL-interpreted by a well known Deaf actor.

We created Human as a company throughout the Covid lockdowns. We shared stories via voice messages and video about what it means to be human: to exist in deep uncertainty and leap without knowing where we will land. We also talked a lot about our favourite childhood sweets and whether we shared them or not. We let you know our findings in the show.

Details

  • Show duration: 1 hour 10 minutes (approximate).
  • Age recommendation: All ages, although not a ‘family show’.
  • Access: see the Inclusion & Access page here.
GIF: Black illustration of a young man and wheelchair user playing the drums.
GIF by Holly O’Neil.
Photo at the top of this page © Alexa Ledecky