Pain And I

Contemporary Dance

What does it mean to care for our bodies, ourselves, and each other in times of personal and collective pain?

After a critically acclaimed world premiere at the Fringe with Made In Scotland (2022), Pain and I by Sarah Hopfinger is touring Scotland. A bold exploration into chronic pain experience, Pain and I unashamedly celebrates the rich complexities of living with pain. Layering playful choreography, experimental dance, intimate autobiographical text and original classical music composition by Alicia Jane Turner, Hopfinger asks: “What can pain teach us?”; in this powerful, honest, and compelling solo performance.

A diversely accessible body of work, Pain and I can be experienced as a live performance (all performances relaxed, with additional BSL integrated shows), audio piece, a graphic score (designed by Michaela Pointon & Rachel O’Neill).

Poetic – ★★★★

The Guardian

Extraordinary – ★★★★

The List

Searingly beautiful – ★★★★

The Wee Review

Please note that this performance contains nudity and is recommended for ages 16+


British Sign Language Interpreted and Integrated

BSL Interpretation by Rachel Amey

Seating: Tiered seating bank, reserved bench seating with no armrests – one row step-free. Wheelchair spaces are available to reserve. Soft seating options (beanbags & cushions) will also be available.

Pain and I has many elements of a Relaxed Performance. Relaxed Performances adapt the theatre environment and ‘rules’ to be more accessible to individuals who are typically excluded from theatre environments because they find traditional theatre conventions or the sensory environment creates barriers to engagement.

What that means for Pain and I is:

  • House lights never fully go down.
  • Audience can move around and leave and re-enter the performance space as they need.
  • General “polite theatre etiquette” does not apply. Audiences are welcome to make noise, stim, knit, and move around as needed and Sarah will say this at the beginning of the show.
  • There will be a separate ‘Quiet Space’ or ‘Breakout Space’ in the Dance Studio open before, during and after the show.
  • Sensory kits are available for audience members with sensory sensitivities. These contain ear defenders, ear plugs, dark glasses, and fidget toys. There is a Social Story and Visual Guide available for this performance.
  • Sound levels for this performance have been kept at their usual volumes, with one loud track of music. Ear Plugs and Ear Defenders are available

Pain and I can also be accessed remotely, via a Digital Graphic Score or Audio Performance which are available on demand, with Pay What You Can pricing throughout the Scottish Tour here

Audience notes

Contains nudity- recommended for ages 16+

Autobiographical content touches on themes of illness, disability, and depression.


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