Within Sight

Within Sight is a narrative, one-woman poetry performance about running, the Paralympics, and societal attitudes towards disabled people. The show combines poetry, physical movement, and multimedia elements to create a story that has notes of humour, tenderness, pain, and sincerity.

Within Sight follows its protagonist, who has albinism, as she goes out for a run in an attempt to clear her head after receiving some bad news: she had been training to compete in the 1500 metres at the Paralympics, but has narrowly missed out on being picked for the team. As she runs, she recalls the events that led up to this moment, reflecting on the relationships between her body, her senses, and her sport.

The show premiered at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in October 2019. The first dates of a planned Scottish tour took place at The Traverse in March 2020, before the rest of the tour was postponed due to COVID-19.

A digital version of the show was created with support from Unlimited and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The film premiered at the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival in January 2021, and was shown as part of Summerhall’s hybrid Edinburgh Fringe programme . A slow tour of the live performance began in September 2021, taking in venues including Macrobert Arts Centre and The Byre Theatre. The show appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2022, and the Roundhouse’s Last Word Festival in 2023.

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