When a new wonder-drug is invented to reverse the curse of ageing, it raises a host of questions about the ethics of the new product.
Is it right to look like a teenager for ever and how can we support a society that is forever young?
These themes are explored in Ageless, a brand new play coming to Norwich Theatre Royal’s Stage Two on March 7-9.
Presented by the theatre’s Young Company, the production looks at what it means to be young and the way in which generations collide.
The production itself is part of the National Theatre Connections Festival which commissions brand new plays for young people to perform.
Marnie Hill, who plays Antonia, said it explores a lot of topical issues including self-image and its links to mental health, and the need to belong to particular groups. She said: “The pill is this idealised solution to people’s insecurities and a quick solution rather than dealing with them long-term. It also explores whether modern technology and advertising create too much pressure on us.”
Fellow cast-member Ewan Short, who plays Mustafa, said the group dynamics of the characters in the play are also really interesting. He said: “Mustafa acts as a bit of an outcast but is actually quite reliant on his group of friends. He also cares a lot about other people’s opinions although he gives the impression that he is not really bothered and nothing really hurts him.
“You get to see the different dynamics within the group and how they get upset if they think they are not getting heard. It relates well to growing up as a teenager and all the different issues in the modern world.”
See the trailer for Ageless below