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Riding Lights Tackle Old Age

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The play explores what growing old might mean, about being surprised, acknowledging loss, remembering love and discovering hope.

Bridget Foreman, the writer, said “Simeon’s Watch embraces three generations of shepherds – grandparent, parent and teenager. Their story links with the familiar story of the anticipation of the birth of Christ.

At the same time, it gently explores the demands of growing old and the impact of dementia on everyone in the family. Offering hope and joy, the play explores our understanding of family relationships, however they may change.

Responding to the increasing challenge that declining mental health causes to families and churches, Riding Lights has spent time with various groups exploring ways in which particular communication skills can transform these relationships.  Some of the insights which we have discovered together are woven into the narrative of Simeon’s Watch.”

Premier’s Northern Correspondent Ian Britton met the cast, John Holden-White, Katie Brier and Edith Kirkwood, before their latest performance in Hexham Abbey, Northumberland.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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