Can You Hear Me Running? follows the incredible real-life journey of Louise Breckon-Richards – a performer who lost her voice due to a rare condition and tried to overcome it by running the London Marathon.

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In 2009, Louise was auditioning for the global smash-hit Mamma Mia. But then illness shattered her chances and her voice gave way. Pushing on, Louise swapped song sheets for trainers, embracing a new challenge as she fought to re-find her voice.

Using Louise’s actual notes, blog entries and her diary, playwright Jo Harper shows us Louise as she meets a host of people on her journey, from voice professionals to new-age healers.

Can You Hear Me Running? is a fun and thought-provoking one-woman show about defiance in face of all the odds.

Louise comments:

I never imagined how losing the strength in one muscle would lead me to find another. When I lost my voice as a performer, I discovered my running legs and ran a marathon, which ultimately has led me back on stage. To have found a positive amid the loss has given me the rare opportunity to be creatively involved in a project that matters deeply to me.

Can You Hear Me Running? comes to The Pleasance as part of their Autumn season. It is a visually distinctive and innovative show, packed with live music and using video projection and
storytelling to vividly bring to life this intimate yet universally resonant story about never giving up until you reach the finish line.

Can You Hear Me Running? is funded with generous support from Arts Council England.

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