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  • Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX (map)

Elders. Who are they?

We know them from stories: the toothless old cowboy, the crone with her potions, the grandfather who can relate to tearaway teenagers and the former ballerina who knows the price that must be paid.

Elders in stories know that their days of finding the cure / treasure / true love are over but they help the hero or heroine by being wise, older... and by just being there.

But in 21st-century Britain, Elders have nothing to offer us, do they?

Improbable, led by Artistic Directors Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, have set out to re-imagine the role of Eldership for a society that seems to think that Elder means elderly and elderly means that you're not much use to anyone.

The company's curiosity has taken them to some surprising places, including improvisation, puppetry, pyrotechnic spectacle, grand guignol and opera, but their focus is always on theatre as a living and live event unfolding in the moment.

The Eldership Project is an intimate work in progress; a piece in search of the lost path to Eldership: part installation, part performance and part conversation.

If you have any access requirements for this performance please contact the Ticket Office when booking.

A Southbank Centre Commission

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 February

Wednesday, 5pm, 6.30pm & 8pm
Thursday, 1pm, 2.30pm, 5pm, 6.30pm & 8pm

Earlier Event: 25 February
Later Event: 14 March
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