Donna Rutherford's acclaimed production KIN comes to The Playhouse on the Fringe, after receiving outstanding reviews during a tour of UK and Irish venues over the last year.
KIN explores the fear, sorrow, anger, guilt and frustration – but also the love, trust and laughter to be found as middle-aged children negotiate the changes in their relationships with parents. In moving close-ups, performers reveal to camera concerns of their own ageing while dealing with their parent's increasingly glacial pace of life.
Performers Cathy Naden and Claire Marshall (Forced Entertainment), Richard Gregory (Quarantine), Tim Ingram (Reckless Sleepers), along with actor Alison Peebles are linked during a live performance by Donna Rutherford.
As the passage of time speeds up, the future and its inevitable deteriorations get closer.Just as you become slower at everything you do, take longer to do the simplest things, you find yourself hurtling downhill with no brakes.
The Playhouse on the Fringe Venue No.59a
Aug 1- 2 Previews 3 -27 (not Tuesdays) 14:00(running time 1hr)
Aug 8 and 23 shall be signed performances
Tickets £10/£8Previews £6
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Donna Rutherford has been developing formats of personal storytelling through live performance, video and writing for over 20 years.Often incorporating her own experiences, she helps others develop their own stories.
KIN started very much from a specific aspect of her own experience – getting into her Forties while her parents reached their mid-Seventies.
Even more than envisaged, the KIN project struck a rather subtle, but what can be an all-consuming nerve. The work partly looks at difficult subjects to broach with an ageing parent, (difficult because of the length and nature of this unique relationship). The Performance repeats the notion of the unspoken and the unsaid, as an artist it interested Rutherford enormously to bring about such a vital discussion.
Through the development and touring of KIN almost everyone she talks to about the project becomes anecdotal. KIN triggers examples of personal experiences of their own parents or their own children. They easily identify with the situations discussed in KIN. The shift in this intimate relationship affects people from all backgrounds – even those with highly responsible careers, holding a lot of power or respect, can be turned back into 'the youngest daughter or son' when crossing the threshold of their family home.
KIN touches on some of the key issues modern families have to respond to:
As demographics shift and parents live longer due to medical intervention and medication – most of us will have a longer relationship with our parents than they had with their parents, therefore sharing and dealing with more 'phases' in both of their lives.
A trend of women giving birth later in life can mean parents in their 40's will be juggling young school-age children alongside the demands of elderly parents needing more practical support.
Work and education patterns can lead to grown-up siblings living further away from the original home base, while perhaps only one 'middle-aged child' is living in close proximity, with increasing practical demands upon them. Who is left to deal with the responsibilities?