​Sleepless is a genuine and honest female solo show tackling maternal mental health head on.  Focusing on sleep deprivation and emotional stress, Sleepless is a highly physical piece combining physical theatre, aerial silk and spoken word. It is a celebration of parenthood that tackles the dangerous extremes life changing experiences can push us to as we adjust. 

‘It’s ok, you’ll feel better once you’ve got some….DON’T DROP THE BABY...sleep.’

The stage is a mess, just like the family home. There is an ever reaching pile of laundry that spans 

floor to ceiling, toys for all imaginable circumstances, bottles and formula, some basic furniture and even a toilet.  The piece is played out in vertical space as well as horizontal, taking the theatre into the air on aerial silk to explore escape and solitude. Sleepless delves into the difficult issues of post natal depression and mental health, whilst relishing the beautiful moments of parenthood and laughing at the ridiculous moments that come with being a parent. 

Created by mum-of-two Kim Charnock, Sleepless leads you through breastfeeding, teething, first night's out and the incessant isolating incubation of being stuck at home.

'Above everything else, I am  Mother, care giver, friend, chief bum wiper and ninja,  even with all the guilt and responsibility that comes with, and it is by far the hardest journey I have undertaken. 

The most challenging experiences in life we face and overcome are often the ones that help to define us. Help us to understand who we are, shape our identity whilst we nurture the identity of the little ones.'


Sleepless finds humour in the chaos of the exerting intricacies of parenthood. This emotionally charged, disjointed narrative reminds us how fragile we are, how strong we can be, and how unconditional love makes all the struggles worthwhile. 

'It's enough to make me smile, stay awake, and thank God I am having this moment with you.'

Funded by Sir Barry Jackson Trust Fund and available for tour booking throughout 2021-2022.

For booking, technical information and press enquiries please Contact Us or call our Producer

Milan Govedarica

(+44) 07981 827724

A truly honest and inspiring account of parenting. Touching and beautiful. You must see it!




TILT Festival 2018


Artix Arts Centre 2018


Edinburgh Fringe 2021


TILT Festival 2021


Co-Creators: Kim Charnock

                      Lorna Meehan

Director: Lorna Meehan

Cast: Kim Charnock

Sound & Lighting: Richard Gillett

Video: Rebecca Head


Photos: Emiliano Ron


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