Sheila Hancock: Old Rage

2pm, Saturday 22nd October

Princess Pavilion

Tickets: £10 and £5

Sheila Hancock looked like she was managing old age. She had weathered and even thrived in widowhood, taking on acting roles that would have been demanding for a woman half her age. She had energy, friends, a devoted family, a lovely home. She could still remember her lines.

So why, at 89, having sailed past supposedly disturbing milestones - 50, 70 even 80 - without a qualm, did she suddenly feel so furious? Shocking diagnoses, Brexit and bereavement seemed to knock her from every quarter. And that was before lockdown.

Home alone, classified as 'extremely vulnerable', she finds herself yelling at the TV and talking to the pigeons. But she can at least take a good long look at life - her work and family, her beliefs (many of them the legacy of her wartime childhood) and, uncomfortable as it might be to face, her future.

Join Sheila at Princess Pavilion as she opens up about her ninth decade. She'll be talking about her life as a daughter, a sister, a mother, a widow, an actor, and a friend, and looking at a world that has changed so much from the time of her childhood. And yet - despite age, despite rage - she finds there are always reasons for joy.

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