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Pain and I

The audio version of Pain and I is a 30-minute headphone experience, written and performed by Sarah Hopfinger with sound and music design by Alicia Jane Turner. It is a caring yet direct, gentle yet bold, experience, which includes poetic text framed as a love letter to Hopfinger’s pain along with creative movement descriptions.

Listen to extracts from the Audio here.

This piece can be accessed in a venue or from wherever is most suited to an audience member – indoors, outdoors, at home, in bed, on a walk, in a park, at work, alone, with others.

Originally commissioned and presented at Take Me Somewhere for their 2021 festival, the Audio has been presented with The Roundhouse, Dundee Rep and Summerhall.


★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian​

Poetic audio piece that reflects on the performer’s chronic pain not as enemy… but as an old friend.

Hit The North Blog

Incredible... Hopfinger's words...have weight and nuance... raw, honest.

Exeunt Magazine

Demonstrates the immense value of learning to be with that which you can’t leave – pain, grief, regrets.

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