On Ageing

A theatre piece for adults performed by children about time, change and ageing.

From the moment we’re born, we’re growing, we’re ageing. Nothing ever stays the same. Performed by seven children aged between 7 and 13, On Ageing was a performance for adults which explored, through image, sound, light, text and the choreography of hundreds of objects, what it is to change, to grow, and to age. If you like the sound of this project, you might also like Still Life With Dog, a short film which we made after On Ageing.  You can find it in the films section of this site.


Original production dates
Young Vic - London: 27th September - 9th October 2010
On Ageing is beautiful, funny, touching and completely original. Superbly directed by David Harradine and Sam Butler, it bursts with life, invention and youth. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Daily Telegraph
One of the most achingly beautiful nights you’re ever likely to have.
One of the most gently startling shows to be staged this year.

Georgie Barnes

Madeleine Jones

Joe Chanyacharungchit

Theo Peters

LaRoque Robinson

Tsipora St Clair Knights

Vaughn Clark Phillips

David Harradine & Sam Butler
Direction and Design

Ali Beale
Design & Production mangement

Ged Barry

Hansjorg Schmidt

Mark Webber

Sam Evans
Technical stage manager

Synne Behrndt

Beth Hoare-Barnes
Stage manager

On Ageing was created through an eighteen-month devising process, working closely with children, parents, grandparents, other artists, elders, and an advisory group of gerontologists. We also worked closely with Professor Maria Evandrou, Dr. Athina Vlachantoni and Dr. Rebecca Johnson at the Centre for Research on Ageing at the University of Southampton, to curate a symposium about theatre and ageing at the Young Vic.

A Fevered Sleep / Young Vic co-production
in association with Fuel

Supported by:

With additional support from:

Paul Hamlyn Foundation The City Bridge Trust The Rayne Foundation The University of Winchester Jerwood Space