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Preview: The Sitting Room at Washington Arts Centre

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The Sitting Room/For the Best
Washington Arts Centre,
Wednesday 16th September 2015
Elaine’s niece Annabelle doesn’t think much of her aunt. Just plain selfish as far as Annabelle is concerned.  An old hippy expecting the state to look after you, that’s you, according to Annabelle. But will the state look after her in twenty years time, that’s the question Elaine finds herself asking……      
Operating Theatre’s new play, The Sitting Room, looks at care for the elderly today, but more importantly what such care might be like in the future, in particular for those without the security of things like private pensions behind them. It will be presented twice on Wednesday September 16 in matinee and evening performances.

In addition, Operating Theatre’s evening performance will also include For the Best, a hard hitting play about health care for people with learning disability, which Operating Theatre brings back to Arts Centre Washington after a summer of successful stagings in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. For The Best also poses a question —  in this case, why is is that  people with learning disability die on average 20 years earlier than the rest of the population, and this in a country that promises equal health care for all. You can read the North East Theatre Guide review of For The Best here.

Operating Theatre was formed in 2001. It presents original drama on a wide range of issues concerned with health and social care. As well as performing at conferences and other events throughout the country, four of its plays are seen each year by medical students at Newcastle and Durham universities as part of their training  — the only theatre company in the country to collaborate with a medical school in  this way.

The Sitting Room/For the Best will be performed at Arts Centre Washington on Wednesday 16th September 2015.
1.30pm: The Sitting Room  
7.30pm: The Sitting Room + For the Best 
£3.50 (matinee)
£8.50 / £6 (online) / £9.50 / £7 (box office)

Both performances include an opportunity for the audience to take part in this crucial debate at the end of each performance.
Suitable for ages 12+
Box office: 0191 219 3455

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