A double bill of Second-Hand Child (Work in Progress) and Zen, Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll
Zen, Drugs ‘n’ Rock ‘n’ Roll showcases a ground-breaking 4D audio-visual stage creation examining the healing power of the arts. Zen, Drugs ‘n’ Rock ‘n’ Roll includes live performances of new music, original spoken word poetry, bespoke soundscapes and immersive multimedia VJ projections by world renowned, platinum-winning, songwriter and vocalist, Sarah Jay Hawley, whose career spans thirty years.
Sarah Jay’s voice has been heard by millions on Massive Attacks’ platinum selling album Mezzanine. Sarah Jay’s sultry Dissolved Girl tones woke Keanu Reeves at the beginning of The Matrix, serenaded Bruce Willis in The Day Of The Jackal, and was recently remixed for the hit TV show Westworld – to name but a few of her credits.
Following a life-changing stroke and cancer surgery in 2016/17, Sarah Jay is now neuro-diverse. This project marks her re-emergence as a creative force focusing on healing as a creative activity, and creativity as a healing process.
Generously funded by the Arts Council England, Zen, Dugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll is a modern opera, based on Sarah Jay’s life as a global performer and her subsequent stroke, cancer and recovery. Sarah Jay wants to reach a broad, international audience: men, women and non-binary of any age, but particularly those who are neuro-diverse and/or affected by trauma.
Second-Hand Child dives into a world of aerial theatre and puppetry to explore an identity without a history through the eyes of an adoptee.
Amy has celebrated another birthday without knowing who she is, a picture of her birth mother and no real information from her adoptive parents. Looking back at the "what ifs?" of a life she'll never lead, the anxiety, trauma of being separated and struggles with identity both as a woman of colour and an adoptee when trying to find identity as an adult.
Created by Rebecca Solomon, Second-Hand Child encourages an adult audience to allow themselves to be swept into a visual world to explore all the things we bury and leave behind.
The show was made possible through the support of Jerwood Arts and Victoria Works.
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