Social Programme

Wednesday evening 1 July

Student folk group18.30‌ - Drinks reception at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Traditional Northumbrian music by the Newcastle University Folk Degree Programme students. Routledge will also officially launch the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology edited by Professor Julia Twigg (University of Kent) and Dr Wendy Martin (Brunel University London).


Thursday evening 2 July

18.30 - 19.30 Drinks reception at Hatton Gallery with cello and accordion duo Penny Callow and Margot Hardman‌‌‌.
20.00 Conference Dinner at Newcastle Civic Centre.
22.00 Ceilidh traditional dance, music and late bar.




Skimstone Arts presents Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox

Jack and Jill photo This public performance of Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox is presented as part of the British Society of ‌Gerontology 2015 Annual Conference. There are two performances on Thursday 2 July the first at 5.15 pm and the second at 7.30pm, Stage 2 Northumbria Student Union. Tickets are free but booking is required please fill out the BSG Skimstone Performance booking form

Jill is starting to forget names and how make the bed…
Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox is a sensitive, humorous and challenging multimedia and physical theatre performance, with original music and projection. It invites us to follow the considerable changes in the lives of Jack and Jill, and their children Lucy and Peter, due to a diagnosis of dementia.

 "It’s a beautifully crafted piece of theatre, which captures the tensions of dementia really well."

Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK and that number is set to soar to 1.7 million by 2050. Jack and Jill & The Red Postbox explores some of the complexities of this condition, and encourages us to think about how we live and work alongside those in our communities who have dementia.

“The performances are quite lovely, gentle and very honest… Skimstone Arts have made an admirable show, conceived and presented with the utmost tenderness and understanding.” THREE WEEKS EDINBURGH

“Powerful...authentic...humorous...emotional.  It was fantastic, thank you.” 

This performance is part of a national theatre tour, information about further performances is available in the Jack and Jill & the Red Postbox pdf flyer

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Skimstone Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation which produce collaborative, socially engaging artworks, performances and exhibitions regionally nationally and internationally.‌