Film screening - Doorbells: Dreaming for the Future , Star And Shadow Cinema, Wednesday, 15. May 2019

My home, my castle, my container, my prison?
How do we imagine the future of where and how we live? Who will we live with? What can we afford? What will our lives look like and how will we manage?
This sensitive, humorous and moving performance, with original songs and live soundscapes, explores: behind our doorbells and front doors, how are we dreaming of the future?
Doorbells: Dreaming for the Future has been commissioned by Care & Repair England and Elders Council of Newcastle, supported by Northumbria University.
Care & Repair England is an independent charitable organisation established in 1986 to improve older people’s housing. Heléna Herklots Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “Our ageing population has created a new generation of older people who are devoting their retirement to caring for their parents, relatives and partners – a challenge previous generations have not faced.”
In England and Wales, Almost 1.3 million retired people are caring for ill partners or their own ageing parents. Census figures suggest this represents a dramatic increase of 35% in the last ten years.
The Institute of Public Policy Research says that in 2012 there were 1.2 million people aged over 65 without ***** children and estimates that by 2030, this will rise to approximately 2 million. Some 230,000 will be in need of more than 20 hours’ care a week, and many will not have immediate family support.
By 2025 almost one in every four people in the UK, will be aged over 65 (ONS 2011)(1) and currently in Newcastle 37% of people aged 65 and over, live alone (2). Such statistics raise critical questions such as whose responsibility is it to secure all our futures, our individual and collective older age.
Audience feedback
“Beautifully done and very moving.” Elders Council of Newcastle.
“A huge thank you for this great piece of work…you really are ahead of the game and others have a lot to learn from you.” Care & Repair England.
“Lovely use of humour and reverie to get the story told. Thought provoking. Alone but not lonely. But. . .food for thought. I have a husband 9 years older than me – will he still be here? Where would I like to be? Where are MY friends from school?” Audience member.
“Incredibly important story to talk about and fantastic inter-generational audience. Surprisingly entertaining for such a complicated and difficult subject. I started to know her and now want to know what happens next – what does she do? A soap opera! Some beautiful filming and loved the songs.” Audience member.

Wednesday, 15. May 2019, Star And Shadow Cinema, Film screening - Doorbells: Dreaming for the Future

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