“Beam is possibly the very definition of a small-scale production, but this particular grandmother deserves to tell her story to as wide an audience as possible”
– John Murphy, Exeunt Magazine (read full review here)
Beam is a Granny romance! A one-woman show which invites the audience to slow down and share a jelly baby with Granny, an 86 year old with a serious sweet tooth and a love of all things small. 10 pairs of knickers, a leap of faith, a waft of lavender, a blue suit, and true love. True love. Does that even exist anymore? Times are hard, put on your slipper socks and join Granny – she has something sweet to share. Through movement, music and story telling, Granny will take you on a journey through past love from a world before. Based on a true story, this piece is about hope, a celebration of the bravery and risks taken by an older generation, and leaves the audience questioning their own capacity to take such risks in the world today.
Beam is a collaboration between Lucy and theatre maker Heather Morgan who began working together in 2015. Together they create work that is influenced by stories and experiences which are shared and familiar and combine writing, story telling and movement. Their first piece Remember was a short monologue created in response to the Save Our NHS campaign and was a live solo before being developed into a short film. They then began work on Beam, inspired by Heather’s grandmothers true story and Lucy’s work with older adults living with dementia in care homes. Beam was originally selected as a short performance piece for ‘A Nations Theatre’ at Camden People’s Theatre and was then developed into a full – length 1 hour show with the support of Sheffield MIND, Arts Council England, and Theatre Delicatessen’s Forge North Scheme. It had its debut four – night run at the Moor Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield in 2016 before a 2 week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at ZOO venues in 2017.
“My face physically hurts from smiling”
“Honestly, it was simply wonderful”
“Felt like it spoke to that universal part of every Nan; the optimist”
“It was a lot like an exercise in mindfulness and focusing on the present. Very calming and therapeutic”