Mid Life

Three women in jeans, leather jackets and sunglasses, walk down an alleyway towards the camera with 'attitude'.



Book your tickets to see the show at The Barbican Wed 19 – Sat 22 Feb.
Or at Bristol Old Vic Wed 4 – Sat 8 Mar.
More dates will be announced soon.

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.

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 Is Going On Tour

On 21st November 2019 we successfully raised £10,324 with 232 supporters in 56 days to tour the show across the UK. Enormous thank you to all the #MidLifeWarriors who donated and supported our Crowdfunder!


Diverse City is committed to making the performing arts accessible to all. Mid Life shows will be Audio Described and BSL interpreted.

Access logos: Sign language, R, AD and wheelchair user symbols in blakc and white

The Mid Life Creative Team

By Sheila Chapman
Director & Dramaturgy by Lucy Richardson
Created with and by Jacqui Beckford, Karen Spicer & Claire Hodgson

Sheila Chapman, Writer
Lucy Richardson, Director & Dramaturg
Selma Nicholls, Producer
Isabel de Salis, Consultant
Jacqui Beckford, Actor
Claire Hodgson, Actor
Karen Spicer, Actor
Kandaka Moore, Actor and Song Composer
Vicki Igbokwe, Choreographer and Movement Director
Tina Omotosho, Assistant Choreographer and Movement Assistant
Jelmer Tuinistra, Designer/Technician
Selma Nicholls, Producer
Anna Tretheway, BSL Interpreter
Alexa Ledecky, Audio Describer

We are looking for venues to tour

The show will be for small scale studio spaces and non-theatre spaces with black out facilities from early 2020. Suitable for all audiences, recommended for 14+ years, targeted particularly to women, their families and friends, partners and colleagues.

Download the Mid Life Promoter’s Pack here.

Contact Claire Hodgson for more details about how to book: Claire@diversecity.org.uk

Photography credits: © Chelsey Cliff, Alexa Ledecky