'This play, based on real events in Camden in the 1980s, is an important contribution to a debate that needs to be had.' - local MP Keir Starmer on The Promise, directed by Isaac Ngugi, exploring the subject of assisted dying.
Who are we?
We are SilverSage Theatre. We are raising funds to create a play to be performed in London in February (and beyond!). We (Cordelia, Rick, Vicky, Sieska and Linda plus friends) are all people over the age of 60, brought together through our previous performances with participatory theatre company Spare Tyre (sparetyre.org). With Spare Tyre’s support, we are leading our first project that we have developed ourselves!
What is the project?
This project started about a year ago when we came together to discuss ideas for a project – we talked about ageing, loneliness, mental health and isolation. One of the members then brought this local story to the group that was both compelling and thought provoking. This true story centres on a woman who assisted in the suicide of someone she cared for in Camden in the 1980s, and went to prison as a result. Some of the members know some of the people involved, and we decided that this story was important, not just locally but politically and socially, and needed to be told.
“I think this is a fascinating story with a really important central issue and an interesting, eccentric main character. … what particularly interests me about this story is that this isn't a completely straightforward moral tale.“ Rick, company member