Thursday 22 March 2018, 6pm, B&D Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne. Performance is followed by post show conversations and there will be refreshments and a bar.
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We are proud to present a revised version of Doorbells.
My home, my castle, my container, my prison?
How do we imagine the future of where and how we live? Who will we live with? What can we afford? What will our lives look like and how will we manage? This sensitive, humorous and moving performance, with original songs and live soundscapes, explores:
Behind our doorbells and front doors, how are we dreaming of the future?
Doorbells is a humorous, poignant and reflective theatre show about the wonderful world of imaginative and surreal lands that enable survival of being alone, and where magical journeys unfold to transport us beyond the everyday.
Doorbells has been commissioned by Care & Repair England and Elders Council of Newcastle, supported by Northumbria University.
Care & Repair England is an independent charitable organisation established in 1986 to improve older people’s housing.
Heléna Herklots Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “Our ageing population has created a new generation of older people who are devoting their retirement to caring for their parents, relatives and partners – a challenge previous generations have not faced.”
In England and Wales, Almost 1.3 million retired people are caring for ill partners or their own ageing parents. Census figures suggest this represents a dramatic increase of 35% in the last ten years.
The Institute of Public Policy Research says that in 2012 there were 1.2 million people aged over 65 without adult children and estimates that by 2030, this will rise to approximately 2 million. Some 230,000 will be in need of more than 20 hours’ care a week, and many will not have immediate family support.
An earlier version of Doorbells, called Doorbells of Delight, was inspired by artistic interventions with residents living in Newcastle, during a week-long residency exploring how in our later years, we feel about our homes, neighbourhood and opportunities for connecting with others. This commissioned work is part of a research project between The Elders Council Quality of Life Partnership, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, and Skimstone Arts, focusing on how our communities are changing, and how we may explore opportunities, choices and challenges that this presents.
By 2025 almost one in every four people in the UK, will be aged over 65 (ONS 2011)(1) and currently in Newcastle 37% of people aged 65 and over, live alone (2). Such statistics raise critical questions such as whose responsibility is it to secure all our futures, our individual and collective older age.
Performance photography © Ali Pritchard
Office for National Statistics (ONS) (2011) National population projections, 2010-based, Office for National Statistics
Know your city: a profile of the people living in Newcastle (2014) Accessed 12th June 2014
Claire Webster Saaremets – Kathleen / vocals
Peter Saaremets – Paul/ guitar
John Pope – Johnny / Double Bass
Josep De Garcia – Lighting & AV Technician
“It was clear to me that it had touched people in the room in ways they didn’t think the subject could. A captivating performance and the story, which I loved; Doorbells accurately portrays the emotion of loneliness beautifully”
– The Northern Echo, 2015
‘Love the bells…Good mix of theatre and music,loved it …Raised some important issues of loneliness.’
– Audience responses, Scratch Night at Northern Stage, Newcastle Dec 2014
“Skimstone Arts skillfully capture the tension between people being anxious about contact with strangers and the self-made enjoyment of the imagination – the bitter sweet mix of being alone”
– Prof Charlotte Clarke, Edinburgh University