Dear friend, we will die in the midst of everything
Throughout our lives we dress each other in different roles that we might not want or recognize. It takes courage to break deeply rooted habits, an insight into the perishability of life to dare to try something new.
Does ageing look different for women and men? Is it bad behavior not to be able to manage by oneself? Does life shrink away more and more, or is there a larger world available for us when we grow older?
During 2017 RATS Teater has visited Kista Servicehus and asked what is important to talk about in life. RATS Teater has also met with girls and boys who are fighting for a fair retirement pension for those parents who haven’t lived in Sweden for the required 40 years. We have discussed and read Patricia Tudor Sandahl, a bestseller author on ageing, and asked scientists what they believe shapes us as human beings. We have all wrestled with our own prejudices and feelings about the passing of life.
It all became a comedy in eight episodes.
A group of retired actors are engaged by the big theatre to act in a play about ageing. A young director has written the play and will now also direct it. But her aged ensemble finds her ideas prejudiced and revolts. They dismiss her to get to tell about that which is important. For real. The passion. The Lust. And Life itself.
In the play parts of the poem ”Dans” (Dance) by Eeva Kilpi are recited (from the book Tack för igår, Natur&Kultur 1998).