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REVIEW: The Wisdom Club at Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal

Hilarious, uplifting and thoroughly human, The Wisdom Club shines a much needed spotlight on the plight of Britain’s ageing population.

This charming production follows a group of characters who find solace at a struggling coffee club as they navigate the pitfalls of their autumn years.

Feeling neglected, invisible and forgotten by society, Megan, Lenny and Rani each have their own unique approach to stepping out of the shadows and jolt society into realising their worth.

Liz Crowther as Megan and Souad Faress as Rani. Picture: Tony Kelly. (6913163)
Liz Crowther as Megan and Souad Faress as Rani. Picture: Tony Kelly. (6913163)

It is the product of two years’ work by writer Danusia Iwaszko, who visited day centres, drop-ins, coffee mornings and held workshops to hear people’s life experiences to assemble this gem of a play.

From Megan’s escapade in Marks & Spencer and her relationship with her daughter Susanna to Rani’s campaign for grey power, their thought provoking journey is laced with bittersweet nostalgia but a stirring air of possibility.

It is a heartwarming reminder that there is value in experience and the efforts of those who came before us.

The play is at Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal until Saturday, February 9.

For tickets, visit www.theatreroyal.org.

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