Sad Book

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (dance)

  • ZOO Southside - Main House
  • 18:30
  • Aug 28
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: 201 Dance Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Audio Described
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'Stand-out dance of the summer' (Guardian on 201's Skin). We all have some sad stuff – maybe you have some right now, as you read this. What makes Michael most sad is thinking about his son Eddie, who died. Through an intimate, visual spectacle that includes dance, storytelling, animation and original music, 201 and Choreographer Andrea Walker bring Michael Rosen's award-winning book to the stage.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Audio Described
  • Accessible entry: The level access is via the rear or the builiding. There are 16 steps from the street level to the seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Audio described performances

  • Dates: 28 August
  • Type: Unit with headset
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
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  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Beth 32 days ago

Such a beautiful, mesmerising show from start to finish. An incredibly moving expression of sadness, grief, loss and love. So many gorgeous moments of creativity and humanity, I loved it and highly recommend seeing!

Karen 35 days ago

I've read this beautiful book many times. Sadly this show was a big disappointment. Excessive use of writing/quotes on backdrop screen. This became boring/ predictable and created a disconnect with actor/ dancers. Grief is SAD and I felt totally unemotional through this performance. It could have been SO much better. It felt lazy, too reliant on the book format. More a dance show than piece of theatre.

Rhona Crook 35 days ago

Moving, inventive, not a wasted second, a must see!

Gavin Pringle 35 days ago

Consider taking ear plugs with you: i found it painfully loud. Sadness is quiet, not loud.

Peter W 36 days ago

A friend recommended this show, and I wasn't sure what to expect. The beautifully choreographed yet somewhat frenetic dancing was like watching the physical manifestation of what can sometimes feel like otherwise inexpressible emotions. The handwritten/sketched style really gave a sense of how heartfelt and personal the message was. The soundtrack was also captivating and fit the mood perfectly. This show touched my soul and knowing others also feel the most profound and unpredictable sadness made me feel a little less alone. It is only on for one week, so I strongly recommend that you see it while you can.

louise r 37 days ago

Joyful was the first word that came to mind despite grief being to the fore- every moment, movement considered. Will stay long in the memory; the sequence of manic activity in the face of profound sadness will in particular remain etched in mind. One of the most complete contemporary dance shows we’ve seen (usually see a few every year at festival). Deserves to sell out. Thanks to all involved.

Mattie Leszczak 37 days ago

Beautiful story about feelings, emotions, dwelling on the past, reflections on life, difficulties of letting go, and dilemas of what to keep and what leave behind…. about how fragile we are…
told by body language, dance and supported by multimedia - in a beautiful symbolic way…

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