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Really Old, Like Forty Five
On from 27 Jan 2010 till 20 Apr 2010
National Theatre
by Tamsin Oglesby
Genre(s): Comedy, New Writing

About: Really Old, Like Forty Five

There are just too many old people.
As a government research body seeks to deal with the problems of a maturing population, a family addresses its own. Lyn’s memory starts to go, Alice takes a fall and even Robbie has to face the signs of ageing. Relations are put to the test across three generations. As are those who enter the increasingly sinister world of State Care.

I don’t see how you can legislate for all old people this way. What’s the cut off?

Tamsin Oglesby’s furious comedy confronts head-on our embarrassment and fear about old age. It exposes a society in which compassion vies with pragmatism and, by asking unequivocal questions, it comes up with some extraordinary answers.

Oh they’d have a choice, yes. If they choose quality of life over cure. Quality of life has always been an option.

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