Friday, 1 October 2010

On Ageing

This new devised performance by Fevered Sleep at the Young Vic in which seven children perform for an audience of adults.

The reviews have called it beautiful, funny and completely original. I found this peice to be both playful and profound. The production deals with the everyday fact of ageing. Children present different peoples experiences of ageing and much of the humour comes from hearing the children speak the lines of their elders "I think skin care is very important"! Hearing the children speak these lines is genius as it creates a real poinancy and in true Brechtian style using alienation to make strange and absurd the notions and human experience of ageing. The children also reflect on their own memories, reminding us of our own youth and also that the children themselves, although young, have aged and understand the process.

The sections that I enjoyed the most were those when the children lost themselves playing with the objects on stage, seemingly oblivious to the audience; reminding me of my own childhood memories.

In a society obsessed with ageing and plastic surgery this performance beautifully and cleverly highlights the human relationship with ageing and the passing of time.

It's only on for two weeks and ends on 9th October so book soon and don't miss it!

Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Burnt Norton, T.S Eliot

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