Sick Festival 2017 at the Meeting House, University of Sussex
I found lots of the small bits of this show very enjoyable. Claire Cunningham says of it that as someone who doesn’t follow a faith she realised that she didn’t know or understand how various faith view disability. So she went on a journey to find out. I, like her, am non-religious and the show made me feel uncomfortable. It brought up feelings I had in church in the catholic school I went to as a child. So I was a bit put off by all the religion.
I liked the talking, which was slow and easy to understand. I liked it when she was talking about mobility.
Her dancing was elegant and I liked her use of teacups throughout the show. It made me feel as if I was in someone’s house. She has a nice singing voice, though I didn’t like the religious songs.
It was nice that we were sat in a circle, though the seat was a bit uncomfortable. It made me feel really part of it.
The best bit for me was when she went round the audience asking us “What do you love” I found it really engaging.
Although I felt uncomfortable with some bits of the show, I like how she did it. And I look forward to seeing another show by her.
One last thing it would have been good if the Sick Festival had signage. We had trouble finding the venue
(Photographer: Brian Hartley)