The story

Current life expectancy (UK)

We now have almost 30 years longer to live on this earth than a century ago.

So, what does this mean for us socially, politically, psychologically and physiologically?

How do we learn about, adjust, communicate and harness this increased time?

As a theatre company, we respond to these questions through collaborative research.

We present our research via innovative and interdisciplinary storytelling.

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ViSiBLE Patron Dame Harriet Walter

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Patron Professor Sir Michael Marmot


Archive responding to living longer with filmed performances, documentaries, podcasts, lectures & research papers

Woodstock (ViSiBLE Shorts 009)

John Moraitis and the ensemble in Who Do We Think We Are? by Sonja Linden and company, directed by Sue Lefton

Filmed and Edited by Nick Sargeant and Ash Tailor

Katsushika Hokusai believed that the older he got, the better his art became

We are inspired by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai who believed that the older he got, the better his art became.

“From the age of six I had a penchant for copying the form of things and from fifty my pictures were frequently published; but until the age of seventy nothing I drew was worthy of notice. At seventy-three years I was somewhat able to fathom the growth of plants and trees, and the structure of birds, animals, insects and fish. Thus, when I reach eighty years I hope to have made increasing progress and at ninety to see further into the underlying principles of things, so that at one hundred years I will have achieved a divine state in my art and at a hundred and ten, every dot and every stroke will be as though alive.” – written by Hokusai in 1835 at the age of 75

Hokusai is currently exhibited at the British Museum: Hokusai: Beyond The Great Wave 

Left: Hokusai self-portrait as fisherman*

*He changed his name more than thirty time over his ninety years, finally signing himself Old Man Mad about Painting

Top and bottom right: Hokusai self-portraits at the age of 83

New world of active wisdom – Mary Catherine Bateson, TEDx

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr Mary Catherine Bateson finds happiness in the capacity to make a contribution during the unanticipated years of healthy longevity, and she believes that these contributions of active wisdom from seniors may very well save the world.

Coming of Age Report – Demos Think Tank

Coming of Age Report
Coming of Age Report
As a society we tend to view ageing as a ‘problem’ which must be ‘managed’ – we frequently debate how to cope with the pressure on national health services of growing numbers of older people, the cost of sustaining them with pensions and social care, and the effect on families and housing needs.  The core message in this report is that ageing in itself is not a policy problem to be solved, but is in fact a unique experience for each individual, which varies according to personal character- istics, experience and outlook.  Contrary to assumptions, many of the older people who participated in our research found that ageing was a positive experience, which had brought them greater confidence, peaceand self-acceptance.  However, they also commonly experienced age discrimination and age-based social stereotyping. A number of participants felt that negative social attitudes towards older people were exacerbated by policy narratives that disproportionately emphasise the costs posed by an ageing population but do not adequately recognise the contributions that older people make,including financial contributions through taxation

Click below to read and/ or download the report

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