Ageism & “The Secret Lives of Extremely Old People”

Theatre has traditionally served as a mirror, often challenging and reflecting the assumptions of society. The "Theatre Against Ageism" movement revolves around Rachel McAlpine's play "The Secret Lives of Extremely Old People," which defies age stereotypes by presenting the lives of people who are 90 years of age and older. The play, which just had its highly successful release, allows us to see the many experiences and hidden depths of people who are often overlooked by the society. The overwhelmingly positive response has caused discussions about the lives of our senior citizens that are at times neglected.

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