HE AIN'T HEAVY  

HE AIN'T HEAVY IS A NEW SHOW BY ODDLY MOVING. GRANIA PICKARD TELLS THE STORY OF GROWING UP WITH HER DISABLED AUTISTIC BROTHER "SEAN".

"Grania's work is a full-bodied, eloquent meditation on life with autism that raises awareness, builds bridges with a mainstream audience, and connects us to the beauty of accepting life as it is and loving unreservedly." LucyLoveCircus

When people ask me about my brother I usually give them the short answer; he has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism. He Ain't Heavy is the long answer. As Sean cannot go on a national tour due to a love of routine and no concept of theatre, we are going to bring him into the room in other ways

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An incredibly poignant and intimate portrayal of sibling love through puppetry and an aerial swing. You have to see Grania in action: she is a highly skilled circus performer, storyteller and connector, lighting up the entire stage.” LucyLovesCircus

2017 UK TOUR
Hull Truck Theatre
Bristol Circus City, Trinity Centre
Jacksons Lane
The Lowry, Salford Quays

 

2018 UK TOUR

Chichester Festival Theatre        

Lincoln Drill Hall                

Devonshire Park Theatre        

The Exchange, Twickenham        

Waterside, Sale            

The Civic, Barnsley               

Worthing Theatre            

Rose Theatre, Kingston      

Dorchester Arts

    

GRANIA PICKARD
Artistic Director of Oddly Moving

Physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction, storytelling and puppetry reveal to the audience how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world as well as how his unique take on life has shaped me. Throughout the piece we use different elements to introduce the audience to Sean. The stage is dominated by an oversized park swing, the main overlap between Sean’s world and mine; his from walking and pushing swings everyday for 30 years and mine from choosing aerial as a career, possibly influenced by the years I walked to the swings with him.

The show reaches out to other siblings of people with special needs and autism and gives an insight into some of my experiences for those who don’t know someone with special needs.

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Performer and created by Grania Pickard
Performer: Sophie Postlethwaite
Director/dramaturg: Jimmy Whiteaker
Aerial Choreography: Charlotte Mooney (Ockham's Razor)
Lighting Design: Tom Richmond
Composer: Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres
Documentation: Paul Blakemore