About the Artist
Sarah is an award-winning director specialising in theatre for the very young. Since 2001, she has been an Associate of Theatr Iolo, devising and developing all their work for the under-fives.
Her productions for the company have been performed across the UK and in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland and South Korea.
She has also created and directed productions for children and young people for many of the UK’s leading theatres including the National Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Sherman Cymru, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Theatre Hullabaloo (Darlington), Tam Tam Theatre (London), M6 Theatre (Rochdale) - and beyond, including Barnstorm Theatre (Ireland), Companyia Frec a Frec (Barcelona, Spain).
Second Childishness was inspired by Sarah’s father (an actor, director, and drama school head) who died in 2011 having suffered Alzheimer’s for 7 years. As his condition worsened, Sarah became increasingly aware of the delightful and challenging ways in which elderly people with Alzheimer’s go through similar stages to a growing child, but in reverse.
‘Second Childishness’ takes its title from Shakespeare’s poetic words about the Seven Ages of Man.
"Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."
This challenging research project - with both strong personal and professional resonances – will focus on a successful and innovative strand of Sarah’s existing practice (the creation of pieces of theatre which use exclusively the words of 3 and 4 year olds, gathered through a process of story-making). It will allow her time to explore thoroughly how this approach to work might be developed working with adults with dementia.
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