Look, No Hands
Watersmeet Productions in Association with The Actors Centre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre
10th Aug 2021 - 14th Aug 2021
Downstairs - Pleasance London
6:30pm, 8:40pm, 11:30am
Suitable for ages 12 and above
This show contains strong language and adult themes. // £20 BUNDLE OFFER: Book a ticket for Look, No Hands and It Kind Of Looks Like a Doughnut together and pay £20. Tickets must purchased at the same time and offer does not apply on concessions.
When Vee embarks on her cycling commute, she has no idea she’ll never make it home. Appearing in a Nightingale Court to face the driver - suffering from amnesia, armed only with her hospital notes, a surprise appearance on 24 Hours in A&E and a bag of ripped clothes - she tries to piece together what happened to her that day.
But what she can’t work out is why something so awful… can make her feel so fantastic.
And if that was dying. What is this? What is this magic?
An uplifting story of hope and survival, this new one-person play explores the female cycling experience and the phenomenon known as Post Traumatic Growth. Made in partnership with female cycling club Velociposse, Look No Hands is inspired by a real-life cycling collision experienced by actor and writer Lila in 2010.
Written and Performed by Lila Clements (BBC, Sky, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Directed by Anna Ryder (Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, Paines Plough, Live Theatre).
Recipient of the 2021 National Partnership Award with Pitlochry Festival Theatre, supported by the William Syson Foundation
£20 BUNDLE OFFER: Book a ticket for Look, No Hands and It Kind Of Looks Like a Doughnut together and pay £20 for both. Tickets must purchased at the same time and offer does not apply on concessions
This performance will be in Pleasance Downstairs which is operating at a maximum of 80% capacity to provide additional spacing to customers as restrictions relax. This is in addition to enhanced cleaning, additional hand sanitation stations, and improved ventilation throughout performances to provide the safest theatre experience possible. We also strongly encourage all ticket holders to wear a mask while inside the venue, unless exempt.
Director - Anna Ryder
Movement Director - Michael Spenceley
Set and Costume Designer - James Cotterill
Lighting Designer - Jenny Roxburgh
Sound Designer - Sam Diaz
Stage Manager - Abby Shum
Assistant Producer - Ollie Hancock for Watersmeet Productions
Producer - Jack Holden for Watersmeet Productions
An interview with Producer Jack Holden and Writer Lila Clements
Q: Where did the idea for Look, No Hands come from?
A: Lila Clements comments, I started writing Look, No Hands in January 2020. It was coming up to the 10-year anniversary of my bike crash - which is the centre of the show. When the pandemic struck and lockdown happened, I began to see parallels between my own experiences and the global trauma we were all facing - many people’s lives had been turned upside down by Covid19 and we were living in completely new territory.
Q: Jack, what drew you towards Producing this particular new play?
A: Jack Holden comments, Having worked with Lila as an actor at the RSC, I already knew her to be immensely talented. But when I read Look, No Hands, I was completely blown away. It’s a beautiful play written with refreshing insight. Audiences will be energised, inspired and empowered by the vulnerability and urgency of Lila’s writing. This is only the first outing for Look, No Hands, which will definitely be pedalling across the country next year.