If You Fall
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A show about care, love, and the end of our lives
Margaret is a pillar of her local community. Norson is a brilliant cook. He loves cricket and fishing. She loves singing and her lavender plants. They’re both surrounded by loving families. Their lives are full… So what happens when you lose your independence, your voice, your mind – the essence of what makes you, you?
In Ancient Greece, older people were highly respected. In Egypt, old age was a marker of wisdom. Today, in the UK, care for older family members is often outsourced. But the care system is breaking at the seams. If You Fall tells the deeply human stories of older people, their families and carers struggling to approach end of life care with dignity.
Multi-award-winning Ad Infinitum brings you a moving, humorous and sensitive story based on real-life personal testimonies. Filled with a capella singing and their signature style of physical theatre, this intergenerational ensemble cast explore older people’s care in all its complexities.
Co-commissioned by Northern Stage, HOME and Corn Exchange Newbury and supported by Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Hippodrome, The North Wall, Culture Weston and Theatre Orchard. Made possible through funding from Arts Council England. The production is supported by Paul and Joanna Pearson.
BSL integrated and captioned performance on Tues 13th June.
Reviews Age Guidance
The Times on Light
“A theatrical hand grenade” ★★★★
The Guardian on Ballad of the Burning Star
“This tour de force of physical theatre is unmissable” ★★★★
The Stage on Odyssey
“High-intensity performance in Ad Infinitum’s signature style” ★★★★
The Stage on Beautiful Evil Things
“One of contemporary theatre’s vital organs” Time Out
Recommended for ages 12+. This piece explores themes of dementia, death, grief, and loss. It also includes strong language, microaggressions, and graphic representations of intimate care.
Trailer BSL Flyer
Devising Company and Cast – Clive Duncan, Elisabeth Gunawan, Jabari Ngozi, Kirris Riviere, Heather Williams and Robin Paley Yorke
Conceived by and Original Director – Nir Paldi
Director – Helena Middleton
Sound Designer & Composer – Jack Drewry
Lighting Designer – Ali Hunter
Movement Director – Deb Pugh
Set and Costume Designer – Katie Sykes
Production Manager – Gemma Brooks
Assistant Director – Grace Dobson
BSL Interpreter – Amy Astley
BSL Consultant – David Ellington
Devising input – Jonathan Hawkins
Assistant Designer (R&D) – Cat Fuller
Wellbeing support provided by The Artist Wellbeing Company
Image design by Extra Strong, original photography by Alex Brenner
Access at Northern Stage
There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.
Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.
STEP FREE ACCESS
Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available
There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.
Accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.
Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).
One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.
BOOKING COMPANION SEATING
To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our Box Office in person.
Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.
Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.
Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.
Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.