Wise Owl Theatre Bring Pertinent Premiere Season To Northcote Town Hall Before VIC Tour
Address: 189 High St, Northcote
Date: 1 - 13 October, 2019
Time: Wed - Sun 2pm and 7:30pm (Times vary, please see booking link for full details)
Ticket: $35 Full, $26 Concession, $25 Grps 10+, $22 Preview and Senior's Week
Buy / Ticket: http://www.northcotetownhall.com.au/Page/Page.asp?Page_Id=1831
Call: 03 9481 9500
Photographer: Felicia Smith
Subjects in Images: Ian Rooney and Carrie Mocynzski
After a profound stroke, Frank is wheelchair bound, cannot speak and totally dependent on someone to care for him. At the same time his beloved wife Evelyn is showing early signs of dementia and is a high risk of hurting herself or someone else. With their eldest daughter Sharon physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted as the primary caregiver for her parents, while younger sister Miranda enjoys a celebrated life as an artist in London, The Window Outside invites audiences to join this family as they tread the unknown terrain of end of life choices.
“'The Window Outside' is a story about choice”, explains producer and actor Liz Connors.
“But further, this is a story about family and where “home” is. So many elderly people pass away lonely and isolated in huge constructs called Nursing homes, desperate for family, desperate for “home”. Home and displacement are major themes of the play and Frank and Evelyn’s home is everyone’s home - they are everyone’s family, mother, father. The work questions cultural perspectives, existential suffering and who burdens the responsibility. It contributes greatly to the very public and political conversation about end of life choices and shines a light on the voluntary assisted dying laws. Do they go far enough?”
Playing as a part of the 2019 Victorian Seniors Festival at the Northcote Town Hall, 'The Window Outside' also tours Geelong, Moorabbin and Warragul throughout October. Funny, pertinent and incredibly moving, this new Australian work is not to be missed.
Wise Owl Theatre is a Melbourne-based independent theatre company that celebrate older people, their stories, and their lives. They produce both new and published works that reflect the richness and experience of older people and strive to encourage inter-generational relationships by providing opportunities for young artists to work and collaborate with experienced older theatre professionals.
This season is proudly supported by Victorian Seniors Festival, Dying with Dignity Victoria, Dr Rodney Syme (Opening Night Key Guest Speaker and advocate for assisted-dying for over 40 years) and Auspicious Arts Inc.