HAT Fair, and Flintlock Theatre have announced the tour of their co-production Four Score Years and Ten, a play originally commissioned by Winchester City Council that explores what it’s like to be an older person in contemporary Britain.

With support from Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation’s Celebrating Age fund, Four Score Years And Ten will tour to arts venues and village halls around Hampshire and Northamptonshire from September 13.

Four Score Years And Ten was constructed in 2016 from the words of Winchester’s 90-year-old residents.

With the help of local charities, 57 residents came forward to contribute to the show from which six participants were chosen and interviewed one-to-one.

Transcripts from the six interviews were then used by Flintlock Theatre to create the piece of verbatim theatre where the audience are invited to take tea alongside partygoers with nine decades to share.

Anna Glynn, co-director of Flintlock Theatre, said: “The participants have been absolutely central to a project that explores what it is to be an older person in the UK today and that pushes audiences to listen to them with fresh ears. The project has been humbling, inspiring and just enormous fun. We’re so looking forward to bringing the show to a wider audience.”

Phyllis, aged 93, one of the original participants whose story is told in Four Score Years And Ten, reacted to news of the new tour: “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. Getting people together through the local communities is really important. I sat there and heard my past afresh. It was a wonderful experience.”

Tickets are free, although booking is essential. Tickets include tea and cake. Full tour details can be found at hatfair.co.uk.

Four Score Years and Ten is touring from September 13-October 1.