Ageing is an exercise in adaptation. Over-85s is the fastest growing age demographic in the UK. As we grow older, we must adjust to new challenges of daily life. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande has spoken of 'pit crews' in healthcare, arguing that what we need in later life is not medical intervention at the point of crisis but a coordinated team of specialists, like a race car pit crew, ensuring our daily wellbeing. With services which provided this support being progressively cut, perhaps the adaptation most required is not personal, but social?
A young boy and older man occupying a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom confound expected roles. Is the boy the older man as a child, or someone who will grow up to make political decisions about elder care? Accompanied by a soundscape experienced through headphones, Have Your Circumstances Changed?delivers three intimate performances that gesture towards the overwhelming work of parents, partners, children, communities, and the state in keeping us alive as we reach later life.