Sister tells touching story of her autistic brother in Barnsley show

He Ain't Heavy, Barnsley Civic
He Ain't Heavy, Barnsley Civic

A moving piece of physical theatre about growing up with an autistic sibling is coming to The Civic in Barnsley next Wednesday.

He Ain’t Heavy uses aerial circus skills and audience interaction, Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled, autistic brother Sean. Through puppetry, the audience sees how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has influenced his sister.

Grania said: “When people ask me about my brother I usually give them the short answer; he has severe learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism. He Ain't Heavy is the long answer. As Sean cannot go on a national tour due to a love of routine and no concept of theatre, we are going to bring him into the room in other ways.”