Hold Tight

Home is where our story begins...

2022, 90 minutes

Vincent ‘explores the visceral emotional labour involved in surviving – and creating – home.’
The Psychologist, In Loco Parentis, 2020

Home is where our story begins. It’s not always a place – it’s a condition, a feeling, a sense of connection. It shapes who we are. Hold Tight explores how adverse childhood experience, abrupt change and enforced separation impact on young people’s lives.

VDT’s new production is driven by testimonies from care-experienced teenagers in the UK and features lullabies recorded this summer with Ukrainian refugees living in Poland. Four adults and three young people reflect on home, family and belonging and how, when we long for intimacy and connection, sometimes we just have to Hold Tight.

Age Guidance 14+ This production may contain scenes that some people might find upsetting. 

“Really beautiful very, very moving” ILP Audience member & Q+A participant

“I loved the multi-layering and your varied use of media. I thought this enabled the audience to have a sense of the confusion around our children… I actually think it was so profound that some were stunned into silence. I think many will be processing what they experienced for many weeks.” Louise Michelle Bombèr, Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher & Therapist (ILP Post-show Q+A Panel Member)

VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England. Hold Tight is supported by South East Dance.

Who's Who

Tour Dates

Wednesday 2nd November, Brewery Arts, Kendal, 8pm, 01539 725133

Friday 4th November, Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 7.30pm, 0151 709 4988

Tuesday 8th November, The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 7.30pm, 01695 584480

Saturday 12th November, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, 7.30pm,

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November, The Place, London, 7.30pm, 020 7121 1100

Saturday 19th November, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds, 7.30pm, 020 7121 1100

Thursday 24th November, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 7.30pm, 01603 630000