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". IT IS AVAILABLE TO TOUR IN 2018.
"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.
“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
The Lowry, Salford Quays
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.
Grania is an experienced workshop leader who is qualified to work with people with special needs. During the 2017 tour there were a series of circus, theatre workshops particularly in Special Education Needs schools and open to siblings and carers of people with disabilities who were contacted via local and national groups and organisations such as SIBS.
Oddly Moving target special schools and adapt the workshops to be accessible to children of differing needs.
Performer and created by Grania Pickard
Performer: Sophie Postlethwaite
Director/dramaturg: Jimmy Whiteaker
Aerial Choreography by Charlotte Mooney (Ockham's Razor)
Lighting Design: Tom Richmond
Composer: Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres
Documentation Paul Blakemore
Supported by Arts Council England, Ausform, VOLT, The Elmgrant Trust, The Trinity Centre, Circomedia, Hull Truck Theatre, The Point Eastleigh, The Invisible Circus, Yard Arts, Bristol Autism Support, Disability Arts Online.