Sing & Louder Sing is 509 Arts’ new music-theatre production planned for Autumn 2016 about older men, ageing and mortality, using voices from many different backgrounds. Men’s experiences of change – physical, emotional and attitudinal, as they move through their seventh, eighth and ninth decades – will be at the heart of Sing & Louder Sing, particularly in the face of longer lifespans and the pressing question of what to do with those extra twenty years.

Join the creative team, including director Alan Dix and award-winning scriptwriter Mike Kenny, in a presentation of work in progress using music, projection and spoken word. This will be followed by a conversation with further special guests, including broadcaster and author Ziauddin Sardar, and writer and nonagenarian WWII RAF veteran Harry Leslie Smith, who will share their own experiences of confronting ageing and looking forward. These conversations will be recorded for use in the final version of the theatre piece, itself built on men’s oral testimony.

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Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar is a broadcaster and cultural critic. He has authored over 50 books, is consulting editor of ‘Futures’, chair of the Muslim Institute and Editor of ‘Critical Muslim’, a quarterly magazine of new thinking on Islam.


Harry Leslie Smith

Harry Leslie Smith is a survivor of the Great Depression, a second world war RAF veteran and, at 95, an activist for the poor and for the preservation of social democracy. He has authored numerous books about Britain during the Great Depression, the second world war and postwar austerity. He lives outside Toronto, Canada, and in Yorkshire.

Alan Dix

Alan Dix is Chair of Hull Truck Theatre, a Board Member of  West Yorkshire Playhouse and a Bradford-based theatre maker and arts consultant. He has produced many touring and site specific theatrical productions, including ‘My Last Car’ (2011 – 2012) for the Cultural Olympiad and ‘Bike Story’ (2014) for the Yorkshire Festival/Grand Depart. His current production ‘Sing and Louder Sing’ explores the lives of older men through a book and a theatre production. His company 509 Arts is currently working with the communities of the Calder Valley to produce creative responses to the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2017. These will culminate in a community opera and mass gathering in the £19m restored Piece Hall Halifax at the end of September.