My Shrinking Life
Concept by and featuring Alison Peebles
Devised and choreographed by the Company
Directed by Lies Pauwels
Cast includes Katie Armstrong, Thomas J Baylis and Hanna Stanbridge
Alison Peebles is a leading Scottish actor who once gave an acclaimed performance as Lady Macbeth and in many other memorable roles. But that’s not the point.
Alison has primary progressive MS which was first diagnosed 12 years ago, after a series of falls as a creeping numbness spread throughout her body. But maybe that’s not the point either. The point is that she is as vulnerable as all of us.
Thomas, Katie and Hanna are beautiful young performers, but it’s not important that they have healthy, flexible, reliable bodies. What’s important is that their minds and their emotions can be as unpredictable as Alison’s body.
My Shrinking Life is a confrontation between fundamental concepts in human life, between weakness and vanity, between choice and coercion, between movement and stasis, beginnings and ends.
Celebratory, irreverent and, at times, surreal, My Shrinking Life examines the emotional and physical journey we are all on as vulnerable, fragile people, diagnosed or not.
Presented as part of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival.