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Pain and I

Saturday, November 11, 2023 , 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

What does it mean to care for our bodies, ourselves and each other in times of personal and collective pain?

Pain and I is a bold exploration into chronic pain experience by Sarah Hopfinger which unashamedly celebrates the rich complexities of living with pain. Featuring playful choreography, experimental dance, intimate autobiographical text and original classical music composition by Alicia Jane Turner, Hopfinger asks: ‘what can pain teach us?’ in this powerful, honest, and compelling work.

★ ★ ★ ★ The List
Extraordinary… every moment is a revelation… A vital personal
work that exudes the universal

★ ★ ★ ★ Neurodiverse Review
Accessibility is woven into the very DNA of the piece

★ ★ ★ ★ The Wee Review
Searingly beautiful… elegant… honest

★ ★ ★ ★ Three Weeks
Accessible and affecting

Ages 16+

£12 General Admission | £10 Concessions*

Access Information
Seating: This is a seated event. Soft seating options (sofas and beanbags) are also
available. Wheelchair spaces can be reserved.
Pain and I has many elements of a Relaxed Performance. Relaxed Performances
adapt the theatre environment and ‘rules’ to be more accessible to individuals who
are typically excluded from theatre environments because they might find it difficult
to engage with theatre conventions or the sensory environment.
What that means for Pain and I is:
* House lights never fully go down.
* Audience can move around and leave and re-enter the performance space as
they need.
* General “polite theatre etiquette” does not apply. Audiences are welcome to
make noise, stim, knit, and move around as needed and Sarah will say this at
the beginning of the show.
* Sensory kits are available for audience members with sensory sensitivities.
These contain ear defenders, ear plugs, dark glasses, and fidget toys.
* There is a Visual Guide available for this performance.
* Sound levels for this performance have been kept at their usual volumes, with
one loud track of music. Ear Plugs and Ear Defenders are available for
audience members if they are sensitive to loud sound.

Pain and I can also be accessed remotely, via a Digital Graphic Score or Audio
Performance which are available on demand, with Pay What You Can pricing
throughout the Scottish Tour here

There is also a downloadable Visual Guide to the performance available here

Audience notes
Contains nudity- recommended for ages 16+
Autobiographical content touches on themes of illness, disability, and depression.

* We are offering a free carer/companion ticket for any disabled or wheelchair-user audience members throughout our shows this season. Please note that it is helpful if this is booked in advance via the WeGotTickets website, so that we can ensure that there is adequate accessible seating reserved on the day/night of the event.

Wheelchair access, or entry for people with a disability is available from the side entrance, by the Phoenix Café.

Tickets for our Autumn/Winter 2023 events can also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Shop, Findhorn. These will be available for purchase from early August.