Posted By MatthewWoodford
Posted on: July 12, 2014

Posted in: Past Projects

Tags: grandmother's footsteps, International Youth Arts Festival, IYAF, iyaf2014

Past Project: Grandmother’s Footsteps

Grandmother’s Footsteps was an inter-generational project, where young people from South London collaborated with older people from Frognal House Retirement Home. The piece looked at the social isolation which many older people in our society face. The groups met to devise a piece of theatre with ‘shared experiences’ as a stimulus. Residents from Frognal House were the inspiration for a piece of theatre the young company developed – which received a sell out run at the International Youth Arts Festival.


Revolution is in the air at Mountville Retirement Home, where residents are trapped in an imposed routine of bingo and biscuits. Every aspect of their lives are controlled by the tyrannical Nurse Radchilde, who rules the home with an iron fist. In this retreat from the outside world, how do they find meaning in their lives?

Grandmother’s Footsteps tells the story of four audacious pensioners who concoct an elaborate plan to break free from their confines and taste freedom once more. Exploring (and breaking) stereotype and caricature, Intrepid Ensemble employ inventive uses of storytelling, visual theatre, live music and words.

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