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 Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 February
Or at Bristol Old Vic Wednesday 4 – Saturday 8 March 2020
You can also learn more about midlife and menopause by booking into
Stage Talk with the company at Bristol Old Vic on Thursday 5th March at 6pm
Menopause Workshop on International Women’s Day, presented by Oceantree in partnership with Diverse City, on Saturday 8 March 2020 2-4.30pm.

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. All Mid Life shows are relaxed, Audio Described and BSL interpreted. London shows will be live captioned by Stephen Lloyd.

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

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 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

Information for venues

Mid Life plans to tour again later in 2020. Suitable for all audiences, age recommendation for 14+, targeted particularly to women, their families and friends, partners and colleagues.

Download the Mid Life Promoter’s Pack here.

Contact Becky Chapman for more details about booking the show: becky@diversecity.org.uk

Photography credits: © Chelsey Cliff, Alexa Ledecky

This is a black badge that reads Nomination Offies IDEA production. It shows that Mid Life has been nominated for an off West End award