‘You know, everybody in the world used to be a child, or is a child.’
After craving music during pregnancy, writer and theatre-maker Sheila Hill embarked on a quest to make a work about motherhood.
Sheila’s diaries, from the first seven years of her son’s life, are the starting point for an extraordinary musical collaboration with composer Howard Skempton, jazz trumpeter and co-composer Byron Wallen, heading a band of four leading musicians, soloist Melanie Pappenheim, and a 100 strong chorus of women and children trained by Glyndebourne.
From the vulnerabilities of pregnancy, and the shock of birth, through the adjustment to school and society, and on to early autonomy, Eye to Eye explores the elemental story of mother and child.
Sheila Hill writer/director
Howard Skempton composer (chorus)
Byron Wallen composer (jazz)/lead musician, with Rob Luft (guitar), Paul Michael (bass), Rod Youngs (drums)
Sian Edwards conductor
Melanie Pappenheim soloist
Jean Kalman lighting designer
Curious Space designers
Joanna Tomlinson chorusmaster
Hugo Glendinning photography/videography