In May, I’ll be doing a micro-residency funded and hosted by Roscommon Arts Centre with performer/composer Dan Leith (with whom I made A Boy & His & Box and who is currently working with Tinderbox on his own show) and Brighton-based puppet theatre company Touched Theatre (with whom I made Twinkle Twinkle currently touring the UK & Ireland).

It’s the first tiny steps towards a show called My Smile Has Fallen Down. The show will be for audiences aged 4-7 and is about happiness and sadness and how sometimes there is more sadness than we know what to do with.

It’s an idea Dan and I dreamed up to honour our very special and much missed friend and co-conspirator, Patrick Sanders – who Touched Theatre also worked with. We hope it’ll be full of his sort of kindness, mischief, wonderful squinty world view, honesty and joy.

Illustration by Dan Leith.