The Rest of Our Lives

 

Created and performed by Jo Fong and George Orange

The Guardian Best Dance 2022 LINK

Nomination UK Theatre Award 2023

Selected for British Council / Vietnam Season 2023

“One of the most joyful, celebratory and hilarious experiences of my life”
Hannah Robertshaw

Hopefully hopeful, The Rest of Our Lives is a cabaret of life and near death. Join Jo and George for a night of dance, circus and games.
The struggle is real.

Jo is an old dancer, George an old clown. They are international artists with 100 years of life experience between them. They’ve reached the mid-way point, and now they’re looking at the rest of their lives and wondering, what next? Armed with a soundtrack of floor-fillers, a book of raffle tickets and a sprinkling of eco-friendly glitter. Join them as they negotiate middle-life together with humour, tenderness and outlandish optimism.

“I haven’t had that much fun at a show in a long time”
Audience member

We’re only at the beginning of the end. But we’re still here.

Commissioned and supported by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

“Stratospheric immersion” Audience response.

Thanks to Joe Wild, Marega Palser, Alisa Piebalga and Ed Collier for helping us in studio.

Supported by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, Fieldwork, The Place Theatre, China Plate, House SE Theatre Network, Groundwork Pro, Ty Dawns/Dance House Cardiff, Wales Arts International, British Council Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter and Arts Council of Wales.

Information for promoters and venues

The Rest of Our Lives is a two-hander designed for village halls, dance halls and studio theatres. The performance is spirited and the show touches on themes around aging well, friendship and care.

We’re interested in community building that happens in new ways and with a focus on diversifying audiences.The Rest of Our Lives has previously been performed at Ageless Festival, Yorkshire Dance; Machynlleth Comedy Festival; The Place Theatre, London; Ty Dawns/Dance House, Cardiff; Chapter Arts Centre. In autumn 2021 we toured seven village halls in England as part of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

Access

Programmers, let’s chat and make the performance accessible for d/Deaf audiences!

BSL Integrated Interpretation

Since 2022, we have been  working with BSL interpreter Katie Fenwick. Katie is an expert in BSL for music gigs and theatre, she has joined us for many performances, she will be joining us once again for our run at Battersea Arts Centre in London, June 2024.

Extra information. For people who may need to know more about what actually happens in the show before arriving. This LINK includes spoilers

UK Touring

Find out about Rural Touring Dance Initiative HERE

If you are a community and village hall presentations in Wales, you can book the show through Arts Council of Wales’ Night Out scheme

Village hall and Community Centre presentations, download an Information Pack.

For studio theatre curators and  all other venues and promoters, HERE is our TOURPACK

International Touring 

In 2023, we took the show to Viet Nam with live interpretation by Tham Tran. We were delighted with how the English/Vietnamese version went, please get in touch if you are a venue wishing to present The Rest Of Our Lives outside of the UK.

Photos: The Rest Of Our Lives at the Labor Culture Palace, Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam LINK

British Council VN season 2023. Supported by British Council and Wales Arts International

Images by Kiet Tuan


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Credits:
Photo:
Catriona James
Craig Kirkwood


2024

May 12th
Brighton Festival
Corn Exchange
Caravan Assembly International Showcase


7th - 22nd June
Battersea Arts Centre
(BSL 13th and 15th)


2023

British Council Viet Nam Season 2023
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Canterbury
Epsom
Reading
Margate
Norwich
Eastleigh
Croydon
Cambridge
Colchester
Farnham Maltings
Bournemouth
Leicester
Liverpool
Newport Riverfront
London Shoreditch Town Hall
Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Brighton Festival
Derby Deda
Cardiff, Norwegian Church Arts Centre
Abergavenny Dance blast
Manchester, HOME
Exeter Pheonix

2022

Small World Theatre, Cardigan
South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Feast Festival, Malvern
Circomedia, Bristol
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Machynlleth Comedy Festival
Place Theatre, London
Dance House, Cardiff

2021

Village Halls
Penrith, Askern and Helton
Brigham, Cockermouth
Welshampton, Ellesmere
Kingsdon
Barlow in Edgeworth
Crich Glebe Field Centre
And
Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

2020

Yorkshire Dance
Ageless Festival, Leeds

2019

Chapter, Cardiff