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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

MICRA Director Debbie Price contributes to after show discussion for 'Trestle' – a London stage show with themes of love, ageing and retirement

16 November 2017

Trestle by Stewart Pringle is a play based on older people, exploring the characters attitudes towards ageing, life and love.

“Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. When their paths cross at the village hall, their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably. What do community, growing old, and falling in love really mean? And who gets to decide anyway?”  Papatango found this new play from their annual playwriting award, the Papatango New Writing Prize, from over 1,000 entries.

The Independent describes the production as "Brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour".

MICRA Director Debbie Price was invited to a post show event to discuss responses to the play and it’s themes in relation to changing notions of ageing and social constructs of and responses to 'retirement'. Debbie stated, "I was really delighted to be invited to participate in the post-show event and was thrilled to meet the producers, writer, director and actors.  I absolutely loved the play – I thought it touched every part of us, with its themes of love and loneliness for any and all ages, our ageing bodies, and, really, the meaning of life. Superbly acted, and a set that took each of us there to a village hall that we knew". 

Producer Chris Foxon said of Debbie's input to the post show discussion, "We are really grateful and thoroughly enjoyed the talk; it gave all of us new insights into the play, despite having worked on it for months, and the audience benefitted immeasurably".

The show has received critical acclaim for its thought provoking and sensitive portrayal of its two leads and themes of retirement and ageing, love and loneliness.

The show runs until 25 November 2017.

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