Ms Barton & Ms Harris
This street theatre style performance led the audience on an intimate and interactive journey in and around a caravan. The performers played a project of their 70 year old selves, in a comical performance that addresses the issue of ageing.
Performed at Bedlam Street Theatre Festival in Bath, 2015.
At the beginning of the performance the old ladies are stuck colluding with each other in their aches and pains. This is trapping them into a stereotyped version of the elderly. At one point in the performance, two scenes happen at once and the audience can choose what they watch, one in inside the caravan and one outside. The audience witness their transformation, discovering that these old ladies may not be as typical as they initially seem. The piece suggests that there is a link between the maintaining of our passions to help prevent a negative experience of falling into the stereotype . This concept came as a result of an interview that was conducted with a 75 year old female. We were inspired by her observations of her life and the ageing process. Within the piece a transformation is caused by the discovery of the characters' dead passions, dreams and desires. Both ladies have a moment of enlightenment that leads them to find their true selves.
The performance was highly interactive with lots of opportunity for the audience to talk to the performers throughout, as they were invited into the world of Barton and Harris.
Key Aims Of The Project
To celebrate life and ageing.
To challenge the preconceived ideas about what it is to grow old, addressing the negative stigma attached to ageing.
To promote a more positive outlook on what it is to grow old, breaking the stereotype of the old lady through a process of individual transformation.
To confront the audience about who they are now, as this will impact on who they will become, challenging them to consider their future beings. This is based on the concept that our future selves will be a product of our present selves.
To alter the audience's perception of the older people that they come across in life; perhaps to see them as elders rather than elderly.