Mission: Understand Joshua’s world.
One-woman show about being a sibling to someone who’s autistic; giving a voice to young people with responsibilities of care.
Hannah lives in Blackpool with Mum, Grandad, and two brothers, Ben and Joshua. The brothers are very different. Ben lets Hannah in his room, they play spies together and, sometimes, he even gives her a hug. These things aren’t possible with Joshua. It’s like he speaks a different language. Mum says they have to ‘understand each other’s worlds’.
Full of laughter, love, and original music, Joshua (and Me) explores the writer’s own experience of growing up with an autistic sibling; giving a voice to young people with responsibilities of care.
‘Joshua (and Me)’ is supporting Sibs.org.uk: A charity for siblings of people with disabilities.
Rachel is a writer and actor-musician from Blackpool, Since graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, she has worked in theatres across the UK and Europe. Credits include The True Adventures of Marian and Robin Hood (Barn Theatre, Cirencester), Swallows and Amazons (York Theatre Royal), Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Broadsides), Pericles (Riding Lights Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (TNT Theatre), and Babe; the Sheep-Pig (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).
Rachel was part of Northern Broadsides' first Young Writer's Forge. She has a passion to create theatre that makes a difference. Joshua (and Me) is her debut show as writer.
Other works include, Dear Lilian, a short play shining light on the government's neglect of people with additional needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lucy is an experienced and award-winning director and dramaturg. She trained on LAMDA’s postgraduate directing course and the National Theatre Directors’ Course. Her work focuses on new writing, and in 2018 she was named as number 1 on The Stage’s Top Talents To Watch.
Recent credits include A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW by Tatty Hennessy, (VAULT Festival, UK tour, Trafalgar Studios (winner: Outstanding New Work, VAULT 2018; Winner: Off West-End Award for Best Actress; Nominated: Off West-End Awards for Best Director, Most Promising Playwright, & Best New Play), VESPERTILIO by Barry McStay, (VAULT Festival, Dublin Fringe; winner: Show of the Week VAULT 2019), and MEAT, by Gillian Greer, (Theatre 503). Her first filmed piece, TESTAMENT, garnered 13 nominations and 5 wins at the 2022 BroadwayWorld awards, including Best Director, and Best Streaming Play.
She has directed work in Britain, the United States, and Canada, and is currently developing a host of new plays with an eclectic mix of some of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming playwrights.
Press & Reviews
- 5 stars
-"An absolute masterclass on the human experience that will leave you aching with love."
-West End Best Friend
- 5 stars
- "This is a hugely powerful and impactful piece of which everyone will be able to take something from, even if you are not able to relate directly."
-London Pub Theatres
- 4 stars
- "A masterclass in storytelling"
- "Hammond’s semi-autobiographical, quietly compassionate play constantly navigates the balance between looking after a loved one and looking after oneself in a way that could enable us all to understand how to do this better."
- 4 star
- "Hammond’s central performance is truly stunning and deeply sensitive. Her care for the topic is evident, but her characterisation is neat and whimsical...touching, heartfelt and exceptional in its outlook on neurodivergence."
- London Theatre 1
- 4 stars
-"Hammond puts in a tour de force performance"
- Reviews Hub
- "Overall, this production was admirable, profound, compelling and an all-round beautiful piece of theatre and we can’t wait to see what they do next!"
Cast & Creative Team Writer/composer: Rachel Hammond
Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
Designer: Carly Altberg
Sound Designer: Sophia Beeby