12 Mar 2018 - 12 Mar 2018

Almeida Questions

Love, loneliness and losing your mind

Tickets £5

Free to those aged 25 and under. 

production information

The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely. – Charlotte Brontë

In the UK, half of people over the age of 75 live alone and 9 million people often or always feel lonely. Is loneliness an epidemic? Should being alone be our greatest fear or for some of us is it a dream come true?

In response to Summer and Smoke, this Almeida Questions panel chaired by Matthew Parris with playwright David Eldridge, poet Cecilia Knapp, academic Roger Green and carer and social entrepreneur Angela Awuah dig into the reality of being alone and what it means to be lonely.

Dates & Tickets

Mon 12 Mar 
6–6.45pm

Free to those aged 25 and under. Log in and enter the promo code UNDER25 when booking. 

Theatre includes: Beginning (National Theatre/West End); Market Boy (National Theatre); Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe); Miss Julie; The Lady from the Sea (Royal Exchange, Manchester); In Basildon; Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness; Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court/West End); Something, Someone, Somewhere (Sixty-Six Books/Bush Theatre); MAD; Serving it Up (Bush Theatre); The Knot of the Heart (Almeida Theatre); Festen (Almeida Theatre/West End /Broadway); The Stock Da'wa; Falling (Hampstead Theatre); A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (with Robert Holman & Simon Stephens, Lyric Hammersmith); Babylone (Belgrade Coventry); John Gabriel Borkman; The Wild Duck; Summer Begins (Donmar Warehouse); A Week With Tony; Fighting for Breath (Finborough); Thanks Mum (Red Room); Dirty (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Cabbage for, Tea, Tea, Tea! (Platform 4 Exeter).

Television includes: Killers; Our Hidden Lives; The Scandalous Lady W.

Short films include: The Nugget Run.

Radio includes: Michael and Me: Stratford, Ilford, Romford and all Stations to Shenfield; Festen; The Picture Man; Like Minded People; The Secret Grief; John Gabriel Borkman; Jenny Lomas (BBC).

Under the Blue Sky won the Time Out Live Award 2001 for Best New Play in the West End and Festen the 2005 Theatregoers Choice Award for Best New Play. The Picture Man won the Prix Europa Best European Radio Drama 2008. Under the Blue Sky won the 2009 Theatregoers Choice Award for Best New Play. The Knot of the Heart won the 2012 Off West End Theatre Award for Best New Play.

In 2007 the University of Exeter conferred on David an Honorary Doctorate of Letters recognising his achievement as a playwright. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Photo: David Eldridge in rehearsals for Beginning by Johan Persson.

Additional information

Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage. In each discussion, invited panellists dig into the key issues and ideas emerging from the show.