Looking Down on Me
Looking Down On Me is an enchanting, uplifting story that follows 8 year old Annie through her experiences with grief, sensitively exploring the many misconceptions and thoughts that children may experience when faced with the death of a loved one. Artistic Director Rosanna Sloan uses her own experience with grief and her expertise in puppetry to tell this unique story of unexpected loss, the trials of understanding and the journey to acceptance. The original story was created in partnership with children's bereavement charity Simon Says.
In 2021, Unexpected Places received funding from Arts Council England to remake Looking Down On Me as a digital resource for junior schools and bereavement charities. Our aim is to share this far and wide and connect schools, teachers, caregivers and charities with the resources they need to support children and young people who have experienced the death of someone close to them.
Remaking Looking Down On Me as Recorded Theatre
Theatre has a unique way of reaching the hearts and minds of an audience.
In 2019 Looking Down On Me toured as a live puppetry performance to schools, community groups and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The feedback we received was incredible; the performance strongly resonated with audiences young and old. Unexpected Places applied for funding to make Looking Down On Me into a a piece of Recorded Theatre which will be distributed digitally to schools and charities for free, alongside a resource pack to enable teachers, counsellors and caregivers to support children through grief.
Our vision of Looking Down On Me (Recorded Theatre) is;
Using a non-traditional medium to acknowledge, address and identify some of the complex emotions surrounding grief
Providing an alternative route to opening up communication between adults/caregivers and young people experiencing the death of a loved one/someone close to them
Making this resource available to junior schools, charities and the public while raising the profile of the charities we are working with.