Zoe, a young woman who has fallen through the cracks, has the constitution of a Cossack, and a fierce love of the outdoors well ok, hanging around the park with her mates getting wasted. She’s part of a self-help group called Squirrels. Word got round that the sisters were doing it for themselves and for a while it went pretty well. Sooner or later, however, someone was going to mess up or get messed up or do something very messy. Operating Theatre’s new piece Squirrels pulls no punches and takes a long, hard look at how some young people who are experiencing mental illness are being left to fend for themselves.
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Elaine’s young niece Annabelle doesn’t think much of her aunt. Far as she’s concerned Aunt Elaine is just plain selfish. Just an old hippy failing to make provision for her old age and expecting the state to look after her. Today for the first time in history Britain’s over-65s outnumber people under the age of 16. Over 85s are the fastest growing group and it takes 4 people of working age to support each pensioner. The Sitting Room puts a human face on these facts asking the question, will the State be there to look after Elaine in twenty years time?
Within a few minutes the play touches a chord... the audience threw themselves into an energetic discussion - testament enough to the effect of what they had just seen… British Theatre Guide