The population of the world is ageing. By 2050 there will be 9.7 billion people in the world.

One in six of us will be over 60 years old. 446.6 million will be age 80 or older.

‘Old age’ as we currently know it is just a fictional story we tell ourselves  - a narrative written generations ago to serve the purpose of an economy that was built around manual labour and a need for an endless supply of youth to keep factories humming and farms productive. In today’s knowledge economy and despite changes in industry, this outdated story continues in our minds today.

As part of our ongoing Archive of Ageing programme, we asked the young people of Blackpool and Fylde College what they saw when they looked ahead to old age and what they wanted for themselves when they were 70, 80, 90 years old.

Oldtopia is their response.

The show explores what young people think, want and worry about in relation to old age and imagines a different future approach to life as an older person and how we will care for the elderly.

Featuring contributions from young people across Lancashire, current hospital patients and older people in care in Blackpool and Fylde, it’s about what different generations can learn from each other and asks the people who are making decisions affecting old people in the UK now and in the future to listen.


Audience experience guidance:
Suitable for ages 13+. Contains themes of mental health.

Oldtopia will tour a series of arts, health and community venues in Lancashire during November 2019.

Created and produced by Fable Arts in collaboration with Ludus Dance and students at Blackpool and Fylde College.

Funded by Arts Council England and Arts Lancashire. Supported by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool and Fylde College.

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