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Conversations on Ageing

Conversations on Ageing


Book tickets for Conversations on Ageing, a series of panel discussions linked to the theatre performance Sucking Eggs.

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Join us for a series of panel discussions in response to Sucking Eggs, the new play from esteemed North East writer Steve Byron in collaboration with members of VOICE, for Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with Newcastle University.

Joined by experts from the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing, Newcastle University, Equal Arts, and the Elders Council Newcastle, as well as the creative team behind Sucking Eggs, we’ll explore some of the themes of ageing that have emerged from Sucking Eggs.

Peter is in his late sixties and has accepted his ageing with grace. He is kept busy caring for his mother and his ever-growing obsessions with the “state” of the “bloody" world. His slightly younger sister Maggie, however, is kicking and spitting about getting old and determined to do so as disgracefully as possible. The siblings often nip and scratch but in times of trouble know that blood is thicker than tea. 

The panel discussions will take place online via Zoom, 2-3pm on 23rd June, 25th June, 30th June, 1st July and 2nd July.

Each panel will address a different theme, please see below for the panel programme.

To book your place, select the date(s) you would like to attend, and click register. Joining details will be sent to everyone who has registered.

Wednesday 23rd June: Care

Karen Traynor, Director of Sucking Eggs

Cath Fullerton, Care Manager, Home Instead
Stephen Cowen, Gatheshead Carers
Barbara Hanratty, Professor of Primary Care and Public Health, Newcastle University

Friday 25th June: Innovation for Ageing

Ali Pritchard, Artistic Director of Alphabetti Theatre & Co-Producer of Sucking Eggs

Peter Gore, 4Gen Kitchen & Professor of Practice, Newcastle University
Nic Palmarini, Director, NICA
David Kirk, Director of Open Lab

Wednesday 30th June: The Global Challenge of Ageing

Ali Pritchard, Artistic Director of Alphabetti Theatre & Co-Producer of Sucking Eggs

Tom Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology, Newcastle University 
Lynne Corner, Professor & Director of VOICE
Richard Walker, Professor of Ageing & International Health, Newcastle University

Thursday 1st July: Housing

Steve Byron, Writer of Sucking Eggs

Barbara Douglas – Elders Council Newcastle
Rose Gilroy, Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning, Newcastle University
Glenda Devlin, CEO, Peggi App (developing dementia friendly villages UK)

Friday 2nd July: Creativity in Ageing

Liv Hunt, Community Engagement Coordinator, Alphabetti Theatre

Victoria Burnip, Chief Executive, Unforgettable Experiences
Karen Ross, Professor of Gender and Media, Newcastle University & Curator of JOY exhibition
Douglas Hunter, Chief Exec, Equal Arts

Newcastle University


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