Theatre preview: Luminate
- Lorna Irvine
- 11 September 2015
Creative ageing festival includes performances of Broth, Old Boy and Once Upon A Time
Theatre, unlike fickle fashion or the 'yoof-chasing' music industry, is not predominantly a young person's game. With over-50s making up 18.5% of the British population, many of whom continue to work long after retirement age, the stage is an ideal platform to bring voices of senior citizens to a wide audience. Luminate festival, which takes place across October, is dedicated to creating vivacious, thought-provoking theatre, film, workshops and performance featuring older people.
In Donna Rutherford's Broth, soup making becomes not only a symbol of nourishment, but a shared experience passed down from generation to generation. It is an exploration of community and the many voices of the ageing generation, of hard-earned wisdom, storytelling and ritual.
Glas(s) Performance, meanwhile, have Old Boy, featuring grandfathers and their grandsons. Based on real life stories of families living in Scotland, this work-in-progress should prove to be a moving and funny exploration of intergenerational masculinity.
Two new elder groups present movement pieces choreographed by Angus Balbernie and Winifred Jamieson. Dance Base's PRIME perform Tarn, powered by the writings of Barry Lopez it explores life as a series of contradictions while Scottish Ballet Elders Company present Words Unspoken accompanied by words from Dylan Thomas and music from the Bafta-winning Icelandic composer, Őlafur Arnalds.
Once Upon A Time is a unique collaboration between Theatre Bristol and The Polish Cultural Institute and features trapeze artists and dancers aged over 65. This incredible dance-theatre piece is an unflinching look at the effects of time on bodies, but also strength, beauty and resilience. Such performance is a defiant riposte from an often dismissed generation, proving their stories are as vital as those of the younger people, who all too often dominate the media.
Various venues, Scotland-wide, Thu 1–Sat 31 Oct.