Concept by and featuring Alison Peebles
Devised by the Company and Directed by Lies Pauwels
Cast includes Katie Armstrong, Thomas J Baylis and Hanna Stanbridge
As I struggle inelegantly on my crutches, toddlers, who have just discovered the wobbly freedom of their own two feet, whizz past me. People amble, stride, jog and just…walk. It is a gift they don’t know they have, and one I never considered until I began to lose it.
Alison Peebles is a leading Scottish actor who once gave an acclaimed performance as Lady Macbeth and in many others memorable roles. But that’s not the point.
Alison Peebles has primary progressive MS which was first diagnosed 12 years ago, after a series of falls as a creeping numbness spread throughout her body. But maybe that’s not the point either. The point is that she is a vulnerable as all of us.
Thomas, Katie and Hanna are beautiful young performers, but it’s not important that they have healthy, flexible, reliable bodies. What’s important is that their minds and their emotions can be as unpredictable as Alison’s body.
My Shrinking Life is a confrontation between fundamental concepts in human life, between weakness and vanity, between choice and coercion, between movement and stasis, beginnings and ends.
Celebratory, irreverent and, at times, surreal, My Shrinking Life examines the emotional and physical journey we are all on as vulnerable, fragile people, diagnosed or not.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
8th - 15th September 2012
Byre Theatre, St Andrews
27th - 28th September 2012
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
2nd - 3rd October 2012
Eden Court, Inverness
5th - 6th October 2012