Storytelling that responds to living longer

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 both adjust to and harness this increased time?

As a theatre company we respond to these questions through collaborative research and through storytelling that is innovative and interdisciplinary with rich and varied performance outcomes.

Current work

New work that is currently being developed and performed

Six Characters in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep (working title)

Currently in development is a new work by ViSiBLE exploring the challenges of sleeplessness in later age and increasingly at all ages

Sleep doctors have called it the silent epidemic, with 10% of the population now estimated as suffering from insomnia.

Writer Sonja Linden is currently collaborating with Visible Associate Artist and acclaimed director Mike Alfreds, as well as an ensemble of distinguished older actors to co-create a piece of imaginative theatre exploring sleep, dreams and sleeplessness across a single night in the life of six characters.

Click here to learn more about Linden and Alfreds on the about page. 

Diorama Theatre
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Six Characters in Search of a Good Night’s Sleep is currently exploring ideas through devising processes that are kindly supported by the Diorama Arts Centre, Regents Place, London and Arts Council England. 

Research for this new work is supported by the following distinguished sleep scientists:

Professor Jim Horne

Sleep neuroscientist, Loughborough University

Professor Derk-Jan Dijk

Director of the Sleep Research Centre, University of Surrey

The Wardrobe Project: Can I Still Wear This? by Sonja Linden and company

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A site-specific verbatim piece set in a private bedroom exploring how women transition from their younger selves through the contents of their wardrobe

ViSiBLE’s innovative verbatim programme The Wardrobe Project, Can I Still Wear This?  premiered in a bedroom in North London on March 11th to mark International Women’s Day on Mother’s Day. It now continues to travel to different bedrooms accumulating stories along the way.

This dynamic show is in two-parts: one part a performance in a private bedroom and the other a conversation with audience members about how items of their own clothing have had particular significance over time.

Artistic team

Performed by Gilian Cally
Directed by Sue Lefton
Scripted by Sonja Linden

Audience responses

Thank you for creating such a stimulating evening. So interesting to see how people define themselves through attitudes to clothes, and how much those ideas influence relationships. A rich vein indeed.

I really enjoyed your event last night. It unearthed so much memory, hidden thoughts and feelings. Very powerful

Thank you for a wonderful performance. I thoroughly enjoyed the play and the discussion after.

A brilliant performance and a lovely event.

Very evocative

Wonderful event – thank you so much

Are you the next host?

We are delighted to respond to requests to host the show for your guests in the comfort of your home. Watch the video below to get more of a sense of it and contact Sonja and Claire by clicking here.

Or click here to learn more about the first stage of the project.

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