Mid Life

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Hold tight. There’s a change coming.

Claire was the south east of England disco dancing champion in 1982. Surely, she can’t be menopausal? Jacqui’s busy looking after the grandkids and keeping an eye on her ex-partner’s mum but there’s some stuff she needs to get off her chest. Karen lives alone by the sea. She’s a survivor.

These are midlife women – unpaid carers, up-all-nighters, emotional load bearers, shoulders to cry on, school-runners and piece-picker-uppers. Join them as they find a way through the loss, mess, despair, frustration, freedom, joy and possibility of the middle years.

While most of our shows are produced through our production company Extraordinary Bodies (held in partnership with Cirque Bijou), this taboo smashing play about menopause was a passion project right from the start. It’s based on the real life experiences of its performers, based on research by noted academic Isabel de Salis, and written by Sheila Chapman. It also features material from interviews with 30 other women experiencing menopause.


In November of 2019 we successfully raised £10,324 from a team of enthusiatic supporters with a crowdfunding campaign, which enabled us to take Mid Life on tour. Enormous thank you to all the #MidLifeWarriors who donated and supported our Crowdfunder!  Mid Life was performed to exhuberant, sell out audiences at Bristol Old Vic and Barbican, and we hope to be announcing new show dates soon.

Access is no optional add-on for Mid Life, but an extra layer of wit, pathos and enjoyment built in to the fabric of the play. All performances are both live BSL interpreted and live audio-described for the benefit and entertainment of all audiences.

“There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal woman” – Margaret Mead

Mid Life has also found further life on screen, with a short film exploring how to celebrate and thrive in your own skin with Mid Life: The Skin We’re In. Stay posted for more information on where you can catch a screening!

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