Our Hearts in the Balance

A collaboration between Rosetta Life, care home residents, and the National Theatre Studio led to a show based on memory, set against the backdrop of Tower Bridge.

This led to a partnership with the Community Engagement Team at the British Museum to mark the exhibition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead. A public promenade performance by care home residents, actors and musicians set out from the Museum’s Great Hall, through the Wellcome Living and Dying exhibitions, to the Asian galleries. Several hundred spectators witnessed a powerful event, as our performers told stories in a ritual procession.

Rosetta Life are currently working across Southwark and Lambeth with elderly Black, Asian Spanish and Portuguese people to develop performances that explore end of life issues for people who live far and often estranged from their place of birth. This work will be developed again at the National Theatre Studio and culminate in performances in April 2011 across Southwark and Lambeth as part of Let’s Talk about it.

“The performance was completely fantastic, deeply moving and a huge triumph for all. Thank you…for your bravery in tackling such a difficult subject. It was completely worth it.”
Audience member, Our Hearts in the Balance

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