Look Mum, No Hands! is a Daryl & Co and Mimbre co-production.
Look Mum, No Hands! is a tender tale of friendship and growing up. It explores a coming-of-age story about two friends testing their own boundaries. Together they explore freedom, taking risks and independence. They see how those things change, depending on who you are.
Risk is a sliding scale. What seems risky to you might feel comfortable to someone else. Yet every day we take small risks that help us to grow, until – one day – the things we once thought were risky now feel like the norm. Look Mum, No Hands! playfully explores ideas of vulnerability, strength and independence, with striking physical imagery that will linger in people’s minds.
The production takes creative advantage of the fact that one character uses a wheelchair to make acrobatic shapes and choreographies that are original and unexpected. We see the two friends play, gently pushing the boundaries of what is possible, until together they find the perfect balance of each of their limits.
The audience said…
“it made me cry – very moving […] At first, they try to do everything the same, but learn to celebrate their differences.”
“Outstanding, creative, amazing””
Look Mum, No Hands! will be back our to tour this summer 2023.
Inclusive Acrobatic Workshops
As part of the development of this production, we also hosted an inclusive acrobalance residency developing acrobatic and acrobalance techniques for all bodies and abilities. You can watch a summary video of the residency here. If you are interested in booking workshops to go along with the show we are very happy to discuss options.
Easy Read and Audio Description
Find the Look Mum, No Hands! Easy Read PDF document and Audio Description here.
Look Mum, No Hands! is largely non-verbal, making it accessible for a wide range of people including BSL users and non-English speakers.
This learning resource has been designed to accompany the show. The resource is intended to support and enhance teacher and pupil
engagement and understanding of the show.
Co-Directors | Daryl Beeton and Lina Johansson
Cast | Danielle Summers, Kat Ball, Maiya Leeke, Emma Saunders (roleshares) and Sophie Page (understudy)
Composer | Gareth Cutter
Production Designer | Jonathan Van Beek
Inclusive Acrobatic Consultant | Rick Rodgers
Company Stage Manager | Stella Kailides
Project Manager | Zsófi Szendrei
Concept devised with Laura Dajao and Rosy Roberts
Photo credit: Rachel Hardwick
Trailer videography and editing by Alexandra Boanta of Rebel Films
Look Mum, No Hands! is commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG and Hat Fair. It is supported by Without Walls, The Spark Arts for Children, Foyle Foundation, The Golsoncott Foundation, Leche Trust, Arts Council England and Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund #Blueprint2021.
With special thanks to 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and Graeae Theatre.