Recommended Age Guideline 16+

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

Pain and I is a bold exploration into chronic pain experience by Sarah Hopfinger, which 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.

Diversely accessible –available as a live performance, an audio experience (**** The Guardian) and visual publication.

Notes: Contains nudity

Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL view map
August 3rd Preview

13:25 (50m) | £8

August 4th Preview

13:25 (50m) | £10

August 5th, 7th, 9th, 12-14th, 16th, 17th, 19th-21dt, 23rd, 24th, 26-28th

13:25 (50m) | £13 (£10)

August 10th

13:25 (50m) | £8



Please note the following show(s):

All shows – Relaxed Performance

All shows – Captioned via the Difference Engine (The Difference Engine – Discrete new tool for making events and performances accessible : made by Talking Birds of Coventry)

August 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th- BSL Interpreted by Rachel Amey

Audio performance (30 mins) – Accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences | Pay What You Can (Suggested £10/£5/£0)

Visual publication – Accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences | Digital FREE + Limited Edition Print for Purchase

Creative Credits

Created and performed by Sarah Hopfinger

Music and Sound Design by Alicia Jane Turner

Publication Design by Rachel O’Neill & Michaela Pointon, with images by Brian Hartley

Dramaturgy by Laura Bradshaw

Lighting Design by Michaella Fee

Stage Managed by Lucy May Wilson

Produced by Laura Fisher

Film by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao

‘Pain and I’ is funded by Made in Scotland and Creative Scotland. Supported by Battersea Arts Centre, Platform, Take Me Somewhere, The Work Room and Tramway.

Susan Naes Nielsen, Director of Davvi – Centre for Performing Arts, is talking about the reasons why Pain and I was selected to be a part of Made in Scotland showcase.

On Tour


Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

  • August 3rd Preview
  • August 4th Preview
  • August 5th, 7th, 9th, 12-14th, 16th, 17th, 19th-21dt, 23rd, 24th, 26-28th
  • August 10th

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