Donna Rutherford presents


21st - 22nd October 2015

Broth Fish Soup resized for web

Broth is an honest exploration of the experience of elders in 21st century Scotland, told by artist Donna Rutherford, through the tradition of soup making. It explores the rituals and revelations that trace changes in people’s lives, families and wider communities through a series of personal storytelling conversations. 

Dr Pete Seaman - Glasgow Population Health, references the video interviews in Broth:

“There was not sympathy, but identification: a shift from 'them' to 'we'. In an era where youth is elevated, I was struck by people whose youth has never left them although their bodies have aged. Memories of time spent with others become their ‘pillars of survival’ as physical challenge and short term memory loss set in.  The perspectives in Broth provide material to begin a re-imagining of all our later years."  

Broth is an original performance commissioned by the Seannachies Research Network, led by The Institute of Design Innovation at The Glasgow School of Art and funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

Devised by Donna Rutherford
Music by Inge Thomson

Image credit: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Part of Luminate: Scotland's creative ageing festival



'... a who’s who of contemporary British theatre, including Claire Marshall and Cathy Naden of Forced Entertainment, Richard Gregory of Quarantine, Tim Ingram of Reckless Sleepers and the actor Alison Peebles – the performance asks its middle-aged participants to reflect on their changing relationships with elderly parents.' Peter Crawley The Irish Times, May 2012

'Rutherford is a performer with a track record and experience that ensures her exploration has profound and significant depth...  KIN is quite beautifully and meticulously realised, technically and in its timing to the last grain of sand in an hour glass.' **** The Herald, Nov 2011

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