Updated: Jun 23, 2021
It’s been an interesting year to say the least. We were absolutely over the moon to receive the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund back in April and since then we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring Unexpected Places and our youth theatre Light UP back to centre stage.
With this in mind, we have some wonderful news to share with you all; we’re reproducing our show Looking Down On Me as a film resource for schools and charities.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll remember we toured Looking Down On Me to schools, community groups and the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2019.
Looking Down On Me is an enchanting and uplifting show designed to help children and young people understand some of the emotions and experiences that might follow the death of a loved one. Created in partnership with the bereavement charity Simon Says, this unique story was written and produced by Artistic Director Rosanna Sloan, drawing from her own experience and the knowledge of professionals from bereavement charities.
Our motto is creating stories in Unexpected Places, and with Looking Down On Me the unexpected loss of a relative leaves our main character, Annie, bereft. Both relatable and heart-warming, Looking Down On Me explores identifying difficult feelings, misconceptions about death and how these experiences might affect us in the future.
We received the most incredible feedback from our tour in 2019; not only words of encouragement and thanks, but an overwhelming connection with the content of the show. Spurred on by the reaction and knowing that our work in this area wasn’t finished, we are now reimagining the production as a film resource for schools and charities.
We are incredibly grateful and excited that our funding application to do this has been successful. We are now in the early stages of gathering up-to-date resources on how to support children through grief and bereavement as well as reimagining the production for today’s digital world. Of course, we will also be dusting off our beloved puppets Annie and Sam in preparation for a makeover before they take their story out into the community; ready to share the message that although grief looks different for everyone, there can be hope and happiness in life again.