Push: My Father, Polio, and Me

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.

Story Machine Productions brings Sarah Passingham’s great new book to life in film, dance, and live reading. Come face-to-face with a human experience of disability before vaccination eradicated polio in the UK.

This is a moving experience that brings us face-to-face with the human experience of disease, and the immense impact vaccination has had on eradicating polio from the UK.

This show features a performance followed by Q&A with the author and the researchers changing the face of medical progress.

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.

Story Machine Productions brings books to life in immersive, engaging live experiences. We have worked with the Booker Prizes to present JM Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K, brought audiences into an AA meeting, and turned Norwich Castle into a little stretch of India. We’ve presented sold-out shows across the UK.

Venue kindly provided by National Centre for Writing

Supported by:
Arts Council EnglandNational Centre for Writing

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Wednesday 23 October
7.30pm–8.45pm – please note that this show has been extended slightly
Venue: National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
Cost: £8
Age: 12+

Tickets will go off sale at 7pm the night before the event. For events at The Forum and Sir Isaac Newton, any remaining tickets will be available for sale on the day of the event at our ticket desk in the Atrium. For events at other venues, remaining tickets will be available to purchase, cash only, on the door 30 mins before the start time.