Doorbells, a physical theatre performance about a woman’s wonderful world of imaginative, surreal and humorous lands, inspired by everyday objects, that enable her to survive being alone.


The performance features original compositions with double bass, guitar and voice, alongside projections and soundscapes. The piece has been inspired by collecting true stories through artist residencies, personal experiences, lives of literary and historical characters and analysing academic papers.


Doorbells is a poignant and reflective performance where journeys unfold to transport us beyond the everyday. What memories, dreams and wishes do we imagine to carry us through long hours of isolation?


“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


We are delighted to be continuing to tour a new version of Doorbells,  with the development supported by Arts Council England. We hope you will consider this show for your 2016/17 programme.



Click here to download The Northern Echo’s Review of Doorbells



Claire Webster Saaremets – Kathleen / vocals

Peter Saaremets – Paul/ guitar

John Pope – Johnny / Double Bass

Josep De Garcia – Lighting & AV Technician


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



  1. Office for National Statistics (ONS) (2011) National population projections, 2010-based, Office for National Statistics
  2. Know your city: a profile of the people living in Newcastle (2014) Accessed 12th June 2014


Performed at:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
Scratch Nights at Northern Stage, Newcastle
Barnsley CIVIC Theatre
Black Swan Theatre, Newcastlee


Northumbria University
Newcastle University
Elders Council
Growing Older in MY HOME
Arts Council England