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Sarah Nicolls and her Inside-Out Piano in one of it's many possible positions; taken by Hugh Fox

Sarah Nicolls and her Inside-Out Piano in one of it’s many possible positions; taken by Hugh Fox

Please see Sound and Music’s Sampler for my summing-up blog on this project. If you’re still interested, please get in touch anyway!

In my new show Moments of Weightlessness, I tell the story of the birth of my first child, Stan, whilst unveiling why I built a unique piano and how I’ve got to grips with this surprising instrument.  I was amazed when the piano was built as an instrument that could swing like a clock, by the nature of the frame that holds it 2.5m high, and I saw a metaphorical parallel with the surprises that having children brings.

In Our Hands project
See the results already here: films and writings

Now I’m hoping to connect with parents wherever my show is touring to, to ask you to divulge your own stories in exchange for a FREE TICKET for the show.  This will be through group chats where I film our hands, or through your own writing, where a conversation isn’t possible.  I’d like to talk about shared experiences of birth, the relentless chaos and exhaustion of parenting and the delight and wonder of meeting small people then watching them grow.  I’m going to post everything anonymously on my website blog, as a space to generate debate and community.

There are two ways to take part:

  1. In a filmed conversation with me a couple of weeks before each performance.  We’ll be doing this at as many venues as we can.  In the film, only hand gestures will be seen so people won’t feel self conscious, and so our stories are really listened to.
  2. At the venus where we can’t manage a filmed conversation, I’m asking for written submissions (email address below).  The first 10 people to write up to 500 words get a free ticket.  Because my show is about birth and discovery, I’d love to gather other people’s birth stories.  There might be other things you’d like to tell me.  So my suggested questions would be:
    1. How was/were your birth experience(s)?
    2. How has becoming a parent changed your life (things you’ve found hard to deal with, the most joyous things)?
    3. Is there anything else you’d like to tell me about your experience of having children – from trying to get pregnant to getting used to having a baby around or coping as your children grow up, change, develop?

    I’m really grateful for your time in doing this.  I realised I’d made a show that my new parent-friends could really relate to and I hope that, by engaging parents in other towns, I might carry that sense of connectedness through to other audiences.

If you’re interested in taking part, or to submit your writing, please email me here



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