What if you woke up to find your body was slowly shutting down? Your ability to walk, talk, blink was stolen from you. Nobody knows how, nobody knows why.
Guillain Barré Syndrome affected Adam Pownall in 2009 causing full paralysis within 3 weeks. In a creative collision of movement, sound and new writing, Getting Better Slowly (The GBS Project) tells a story of positive recovery.
The initial R&D for this project was supported by Arts Council England and GAIN Charity, with support from Arc Stockton, Déda Derby, Derby Theatre, In Good Company and LPAC.
2016 national tour currently co-commissioned by Lincolnshire One Venues, Lincoln Drill Hall and GAIN Charity.
Performers: Adam Pownall, Kitty Randle
Director: Tilly Branson
Movement Director: Marc Brew
Playwright: Nick Wood
Sound Designer: Adam McCready/Poetical Machines Ltd.
Dramaturg: Luca Rutherford
Audience responses to R&D sharings:
“Really enjoyed watching GBS Project tonight. Adam and Kitty told the story beautifully”
“Great to see such a beautiful piece in production”
“wow, powerful story well told!”
“Funny, touching, and inventive. Looking forward to full show”
“Still processing GBS Project. That is how great it is. Many feels. Much intense”
“Very moving… a must see”
“Even in this early version it felt powerful and moving”
“A pleasure and a privilege to be at… courageous sharing of exciting work”
“I laughed, wept and was moved”