Two women smile broadly as they do an acrobatic pose. One is the steady base in a wheelchair, holding the other who is intertwined with her as she does upside-down splits.

Look Mum, No Hands!

Look Mum, No Hands! is a tender tale of friendship and growing up. It explores a coming-of-age story about two friends testing their own boundaries.

Together they explore freedom, taking risks and independence. They see how those things change, depending on who you are.

In the show we see the two friends play. They push the boundaries of what is possible until, together, they find the perfect balance of their limits. Look Mum, No Hands! playfully explores ideas of vulnerability and strength. The story looks at independence as opposed to interdependence.

In the show one of the characters is a wheelchair user. The two actors use this to explore exciting acrobatic shapes and unexpected choreography. It is visually beautiful and physically surprising - you will be on the edge of your seat!

Look Mum, No Hands! is a Daryl & Co and Mimbre co-production.

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Look Mum, No Hands! is largely non-verbal, making it accessible for a wide range of people including BSL users and non-English speakers. We also provide an easy-read synopsis, audio description introduction.

Creative Team

Co-Directors -  Daryl Beeton & Lina Johansson          
Composer - Gareth Cutter
Inclusive Acrobatic Consultant - Rick Rodgers        
Designer - Jonathan Van Beek
Performers/Role Shares - Danielle Summers, Emma Saunders, Laura Dajao, Kat Ball, Maiya Leeke
Company Stage Manager - Stella Kailides
Stage Manager - Livvy Lynch
Project Manager - Zsófi Szendrei
Tour Coordinator - Joanna Morley
Concept devised with Maiya Leeke and Rosy Roberts


Look Mum, No Hands! is commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG & Hat Fair and  supported by Without Walls, The Sparks Arts for Children; Foyle Foundation, The Golsoncott Foundation, Leche Trust and Blueprint: Without Walls R&D. With special thanks to 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and Graeae Theatre.

Photo credits: Rachel Hardwick and @HeardinLondon

Running Time
30 mins

Age group
All ages

Upcoming dates

We'll be announcing our tour dates for 2024 soon, but here's where we went in 2023!

The Spark Festival, Leicester
Offbeat Festival, Oxford
Look Mum, No Hands… playground edition! An edited version for school playgrounds, produced by The Place
Basingstoke Festival, Basingstoke,
Latitude Festival, Look Mum, No Hands… playground edition!
Hullabaloo in the Park, Darlington
Milton Keynes International Festival, Milton Keynes
SpinOut Festival, Worthing
Gosport, Hampshire Cultural Trust
Redbridge Outdoor Arts, Ilford Town Centre 
Spoffin Festival, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Full Shebang, Mansfield
Lancashire Encounter Festival
Derby Feste, Derby
Houghton Regis Hullabaloo, Luton

“Not just for kids!”
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“This show gets you right in the feels, makes you laugh out loud and then surprises you with some original and exciting tricks… it's a rollercoaster!”
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“Outstanding, creative, amazing”
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