Old Vic Voices Off Events for THE CARETAKER Announced
The next series of Old Vic Voices Off events is aligned with The Old Vic's production of Harold Pinter's groundbreaking classic The Caretaker, in a new production directed by Matthew Warchus. Disturbed handyman Aston (Daniel Mays) has invited an irascible tramp (Timothy Spall) to stay with him at his brother's jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston's brother Mick (George MacKay) arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic. The Caretaker opens on Wednesday 6 April and runs until Saturday 14 May 2016.
THE SCHOOL OF LIFE AT THE OLD VIC: HOW TO COMMUNICATE BETTER IN RELATIONSHIPS Saturday 16 April, 12:45pm (1hr). £6 ticket.
Conversational topic: Why do we so often feel unheard and misunderstood by those we love the most? In this interactive talk from The School of Life, relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam will consider the importance of what is said and unsaid in any intimate exchange. How can we say what we mean and defuse resentments before they become catastrophic? Through explanation, example and real life conversation, we'll explore the fascinating topic of relationship communication.
The School of Life is a global institution dedicated to increasing the amount of wisdom in circulation. They run classes, write books, make films and train companies in resilience, better communication and other essential emotional skills.
CARETAKING IN THE COMMUNITY?
THE MENTAL HEALTH DEBATE
Tuesday 3 May 2016, 5:45pm (1hr). £6 ticket.
Speakers include: Luciana Berger MP, the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health; Paul Farmer, CEO of MIND and Chair of the NHS's Five Year Forward View Taskforce for Mental Health and Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Further speakers to be announced.
Conversational topic: Are we failing the UK's mental illness sufferers? It is estimated that around three-quarters of people with mental health problems in the UK receive no care at all. While the government has committed to a £1 billion spend by 2020, is this enough, and does something more fundamental need to change in our attitude, and soon?