By Adam Pownall
At the age of 26, in the space of three weeks, I went from being a fit and healthy dancer and performer to a paralyzed man unable to blink unaided. Getting Better Slowly is the story a two and half year battle back to health, from learning to walk and talk again to the movement classes to the first time I managed to play football again. The show toured extensively in the UK through Autumn 2016, and will now be live-streamed on 26th February.
We’ve received great feedback from the show, with many nurses and other healthcare professionals commenting that it made them think about how they treat patients that are conscious but who are paralyzed or who have no way of responding. One nurse said she came away reflecting on many situations she’d experienced with patients she’d have looked after over the years, and that she thought the show should be used as a teaching aid.
The show will be streamed on the GAIN (Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies) Charity website here.
I regularly support GAIN Charity, I go and visit any current sufferers to offer them my story as a way of hope and positivity to help them in their ordeal, and Getting Better Slowly is part of this venture to create awareness and inspire hope. The show is an hour long, and will be followed by a Q&A when people can tweet in their questions to @gbsproject or #GBSlive.
Adam Pownall – Creative Producer/Performer
Adam is a Theatre Programmer and Producer in the UK, Currently Artistic Manager of the Lincoln Drill Hall following programming for Derby Theatre. In 2014 he won the Olwen Wymark Award for supporting New Writing within Theatre for the Writer’s Guild for his work in opening and running Create Theatre a state of the art studio theatre in Mansfield. He specializes in support of emerging companies, artist development, and new writing and is a proud advocate for regional theatre in the East Midlands.