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The Promise at The New Diorama Theatre

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SilverSage are creating a new play, based on a compelling true story from their Camden neighbourhood. It centres on a woman who assisted in the suicide of someone she cared for, and who was tried for murder as a result. Police interview transcripts and press reports from Charlotte Hough's arrest in the 1980s have been the starting point for their work. The situation was complex and nuanced - Charlotte herself didn't believe in euthanasia. The fascination for the group lies in the highly personal response to the pressures of pain and friendship. Vicky, SilverSage founder member, said: 'We want this story to serve as a springboard toward a debate... in the long term we would hope for this debate to lead to a rethink of what these laws are and who they represent. This is not about preaching to the converted or finding a consensus.' SilverSage is a group of older, mainly female, artists in their 60s and 70s. Most are Camden residents. Local MP Keir Starmer said: 'This play, based on real events in Camden in the 1980s, is an important contribution to a debate that needs to be had.' The Promise is produced by participatory arts company Spare Tyre; the director of the piece is Spare Tyre's Associate Director Isaac Ngugi. Members of the group have performed and written with Spare Tyre over many years. The formation of SilverSage marks the group leading a project for the first time, produced by Spare Tyre. The Promise will feature in Spare Tyre's Invisible Women Festival week at the New Diorama Theatre in Camden this February. Other highlights of the week include: A Tree Without Leaves A dance project led by Maria Ghoumrassi, exploring women's identity. Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 February 2018 (workshops and performances) Pauline Walker Novelist and friend of Spare Tyre reads extracts from her new novel. Thursday 22 February 2018 Thinking Space A session for artists to get together to think about their newest creative projects and ideas, facilitated by Caroline Jeyaratnam-Joyner. Monday 19 February 2018 The Promise is suitable for 18+, and carries a trigger warning for graphic descriptions of suicide and assisted death.

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New Diorama Theatre

15-16 Triton Street
Regents Place
0844 2090344

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