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OLD VIC VOICES OFF – THE CARETAKER A programme of talks

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Old Vic Voices Off is a series of talks and events, given by leading voices in the arts, media, science and politics, designed to complement Matthew Warchus’s inaugural season as Artistic Director. The events reflect the range of work on The Old Vic’s stage, and allow audiences to get closer to the heart of the productions by questioning and exploring their themes and ideas in interesting and creative ways.

OLD VIC VOICES OFF – THE CARETAKER
A programme of talks and debates hosted by leading voices in the arts, media, science and politics. 
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 opened on Wednesday 6th April and runs until Saturday 14 May 2016.

Read our 5-star review of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at The Old Vic

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?

The Caretaker
Harold Pinter’s menacing and darkly comic play The Caretaker arrives in a brand new production at the Old Vic Theatre as part of incoming Artistic Director Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season. Directed by Warchus himself, the production will star the much loved British actor Timothy Spall in the role of Davies, alongside George MacKay and Daniel Mays.

First seen in the West End in 1960, the play quickly became one of Pinter’s most popular works and was the first to be a commercial success. The original production transferred to Broadway, and was adapted into a film adaptation in 1964.

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