Old is the new Black

“Popcorn: An Audio /Visual Thing” on Sky Arts 1 doing its run at present as in repeated every few hours showing Peter Clifton’s montage of 1960s performances including some Twiggy, Small Faces,  Otis, Stones and more. (1969!) Re-edited?

Vintage TV in serious competition may be and all this going on plus  “Saturday Night Live” on Sky Arts too and Neil Sedaka popping up and then Beeb showing a programme today revving up inter-generational projects with teenagers exploring their own prejudices about seniors (“oldies”) by working in a retirement lodge.

Now what’s happening in real life?  Regarding inter-generational projects where twenty somethings have to interact with 50+ people, that has been tried and tested at Streetlifefm and is a dismal failure which is not being addressed because no-one in charge knows how to change their or anyone else’s attitudes.

Tons is being focussed on seniors.   Well, not in Waltham Forest compared to Tower Hamlets and Hackney . Seniors are  being tapped for all they have in terms of memories and reminiscences but who’s reading all that stuff? Someone is afraid of seniors being left out like Black peeps in the 1980s were. Seniors will become alienated and invisible with no voice and representation. Oh that’s what AgeUk is for!

Best thing I’ve seen for ages on BBC2 : Birmingham Opera Company’s Verdi’s “Othello”. It so referred to my experience at the drama workshop at TRSE last Thursday. i e Shakespeare for the masses, engaging with the audience, bringing in the community through the use of local dance troupes and Birmingham people doin’ their acting thing. And Stephanie, the soprano… “Willow” and her prayer to Mary just blew us all away. Check it on BBCi player.