Look Mum, No Hands!

A tender story of friendship, taking risks and developing your independence, for ages 8-12.

Look Mum, No Hands!  is a tender story all about friendship and growing up. It explores a visually beautiful, and physically surprising, coming-of-age story about two friends testing their own boundaries. Together they explore freedom, taking risks and independence and how they change depending on if you’re Disabled, or not.

Risk is a sliding scale. What seems risky to you might feel comfortable to someone else. Yet, in order to grow we take small risks that push us a little further along that scale until, one day, the things we once thought were risky now feel like the norm. Look Mum, No Hands! playfully explores this idea of independence vs interdependence, vulnerability and strength, using striking physical imagery that will linger in people’s minds. 

Look Mum, No Hands! takes creative advantage of the fact that one of the characters uses a wheelchair to create new acrobatic shapes and choreographies that are original and unexpected. Using a combination of theatre, movement and acrobatics as a powerful narrative tool, the two friends play, pushing the boundaries of what is possible, until together they find the perfect balance of each of their limits.

Look Mum, No Hands! Is a new piece of physical theatre that combines an original score, with new approaches to choreography. A high quality indoor or outdoor show with two performers. It playfully uses movement and physicality to gently push the boundaries of what is possible and what our expectations are.

Look Mum, No Hands! is a collaboration between Daryl Beeton Productions and Mimbre, supported by The Spark Arts for Children.

In 2021 the R&D for Look Mum, No Hands is supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund.

Audience Experience

This story of friendship, growing up and figuring out how to be independent is something everyone can relate to. Created with a mixed group of Disabled and non-disabled young people, Look Mum, No Hands! is directly based on the real experiences of young people, making it recognisable and relevant to them. Our approach is to show rather than tell, so audiences will experience visually surprising sights and imagery, which will stay with them and perhaps help to shape new perceptions of Disabled people. 

Look Mum, No Hands! offers audiences a captivating show, with a real sense of risk in the movement of the performers onstage, certain to keep young audiences riveted. It is a wonderful opportunity for young Disabled audiences to see themselves represented onstage and to challenge misconceptions. It is also an opportunity to share high quality, visceral and inventive new theatre with your core family audiences either indoors or out.