Mid Life

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



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

Help Us Take Mid Life On Tour

This play has already been booked at the Bristol Old Vic and the Barbican for February 2020; but it should be seen and enjoyed all over the UK! There is still £10K to raise to take this show on a tour of the UK and that’s where you can help. Be a Mid Life Warrior – donate whatever you can, come and see the show, hear our stories and share yours.


Diverse City is committed to making the performing arts accessible to all. Mid Life shows will be Audio Described and BSL interpreted. You can find more information about the venues’ accessibility on Bristol Old Vic‘s website for Ferment Fortnight dates and on High Tide festival’s website.

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

The Mid Life Creative Team

Lucy Richardson, Director
Sheila Chapman, Writer
Selma Nicholls, Producer
Isabel de Salis, Consultant
Jacqui Beckford, Actor
Claire Hodgson, Actor
Karen Spicer, Actor
Nandi Bhebhe, Actor
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 Co-Producing partners

Mid Life is ready for Co-Producing partners to support the development and premiere of this new show, available from early 2020.

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