How it Started
Our Alonely performances evolved as a “reward” for our volunteer research. We were gathered by The University of Bristol Productive Margins Project, to study isolation and loneliness in older people in Bedminster, Bristol. We were trained and mothered by Dr Jenny Barke and went forth with Chloe Scolefield’s tea trolley to bribe possible participants with cake. As researchers of a similar age to our interviewees we may have helped them to be more frank and open about the loneliness they experienced.
Where we have performed
We first performed at The Tobacco Factory in Bristol and have since then performed at many venues. We were invited by the then minister for Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, to perform at The Houses of Parliament in London.
Encourage Everyone to talk about loneliness
The Alonely performances are available for training to anyone who is considering working with older people and any organisations who wish to educate future practitioners about encouraging older people to be more open in discussing loneliness and isolation.
The Alonely Monologues are presented free of charge.