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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.


Running time

75mins (No Interval)


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Reviews                                                                                                                           Age Guidance

“Epic” ★★★★★
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

Production Photos


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.


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.


We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the 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.


To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at 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.

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To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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