Story Machine Productions brings Sarah Passingham’s powerful new book, Push: My Father, Polio, and Me, to life in film, dance, and live reading.

Push is the story of a rower struck by polio, never to walk again. Of newlyweds whose lives are turned upside down. Of an engineer who believed in finding a solution whatever the problem. And of a family man whose strength of character was only matched by his incredible physical strength.

Presented through dance, film, and live reading, Push brings us face-to-face with the human experience of disease, and the immense impact vaccination has had on eradicating polio from the UK.

Speaking about this production, Sam Ruddock, Director of Story Machine Productions said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing this important story to audiences. We will be collaborating with some of the best dancers and filmmakers in the UK, including Matt Kay’s Walks of Life Films, and Nadenh Poan, who himself was struck by polio as a child in Cambodia.’

Push will tour science festivals, literature festivals, and more from October 2019. Keep an eye on our See Us Live page for latest dates and booking details.

About the Author

Sarah Passingham writes non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, libretti, performance work and life-writing. Her first book, Hoad and Other Stories, was published in 2014. Her family memoir, Push: My Father, Polio, and Me is published by Gatehouse Press in October 2019.

Thanks to Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council for supporting this show.

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