Adam Pownall woke up to find his body was slowly shutting down. Unable to walk, talk or blink and nobody knew why…
When Guillain Barré Syndrome affected Adam it caused full paralysis within days. Getting Better Slowly tells the story of his illness through new writing, sound and movement.
Funny, moving, and honest, Adam’s journey from diagnosis to rehabilitation and beyond – including months re-learning how to walk and talk – invites audiences to consider how they would deal with an unexpected illness or accident, and explores how it feels when your closest relationship is with the illness that’s holding you back.
Cast Kitty Randle and Adam Pownall
Creative Producer Adam Pownall
Writer Nick Wood
Director Tilly Branson
Movement Director Marc Brew
Associate Choreographer Kimberley Harvey
Designer Kate Unwin
Sound Designer Adam P. McCready
Lighting Designer Howell Thomas
Associate Dramaturg Luca Rutherford
Production Manager Laura Stone
Original tour supported by Arts Council England.
Commissioned by GAIN Charity, Core Lincolnshire One Venues & Lincoln Drill Hall.
With support from ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Déda Derby & In Good Company.
Age guidance 12+
Contains traumatic scenes around illness which some viewers may find disturbing