Generations

42 years in the making, this new outdoor show represents Desperate Men handing over to the next generation. However, we are not going out quietly. In our signature comic, physical, spontaneous & startling radical style, we’re investigating intergenerational relationships.

‘Generations’ is a provocation that asks: are young people only here to serve the healthcare & pensions of the elderly? Or are generational distinctions evaporating as Boomers keep working longer and act as support for young families?

The wider world is also shedding its skin, as the convulsions of the past few years continue to rock the earth we stand on. Brexit, Covid, climate change, ‘levelling up’ and the many brutal wars around the world have left communities divided, isolated, and sometimes in despair. How can we forge new, cross-generational connections?

We’re reviewing the situation …

We invite the audience to bear witness to a ceremony of transformation, as we pass the baton and imagine how the young and the old might co-exist in the future. From desperation to regeneration, we welcome in the new.

PERFORMANCE DATES

 

THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

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  • Creative Producer, Writer, Director, Performer: Richard Headon – Co-artistic Director of Desperate Men, Dramaturg and Consultant for Outdoor Arts/Street Theatre
  • Assistant Producer, Assistant Director, Performer: Sophia Knox-Miller – Physical performer, Clown, Associate Producer for Desperate Men since 2020
  • Devising Performer: Ella Coy
  • Choreographer/Performer: Will Pegna – Contemporary and Break Dancer, Son of core Desperate Men members (a literal “Desperate baby”)
  • Desperate Men Performers: Jon Beedell (Co-artistic Director of Desperate Men), Richie Smith, Vic Llewellyn, Jo Kessell
  • Co-Writer: Pravanya Pillay – Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer
  • Musical Director: Shirley Pegna – Sound Artist, Mother of Will
  • Assistant Musical Director: Joe Hill Sound Artist, Composer
  • Additional writing: by all cast members
  • Communications and Copywriting: Kate Morrison

 

Thanks to the people of Skegness & Mablethorpe for kindly sharing their generational thought.

We are very grateful for the support in the R&D phase to Without Walls & ACE but are particularly indebted to festivals that have backed Generations by booking it. We thank festival directors Jeremy Shine, Jens Frimann Hansen, Bradley Hemmings & Verena Cornwall without whose belief this show would not be seeing the light of day.

 

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