An older adult sitting on a chair holding their purse during a performance of "The Golden Cage". They stare off into the distance.

Project Description

In June 2018 – Seniors’ Month – we toured our elder abuse show The Golden (C)age to senior service organizations across the GTA!

Mixed Company Theatre’s production of Luciano Iogna’s The Golden (C)age was a rarely-seen in-depth examination of being a senior citizen in a society that perpetuates youth and perpetually denies the fact that people age. It was a play about the problems – and glories! – of getting old in a world that is defined by and for youth. Issues of intergenerational conflicts and, potentially, abuse were presented within family and community settings in a manner that both enlightened and entertained. With Mixed Company Theatre’s unique style of Forum Theatre, The Golden (C)age put the spectator right in the middle of the action – to become a spect-actor within the play – as a way to discuss and analyze the issues and find realistic alternatives to the problems that aging will bring to every single one of us.


In September 2017, Mixed Company Theatre collaborated with Timiskaming Elder Abuse Task Force (TEATF) to tour The Golden (C)age in Timiskaming, Ontario. And in March 2018, representatives from over 20 senior service organizations in the GTA came to catch our free preview of The Golden (C)Age held at the Palmerston Public Library Theatre! Here’s who attended:

  • North York Seniors Centre
  • Bernard Betel Centre
  • Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
  • Toronto Council on Aging
  • Toronto Public Library
  • The Neighbourhood Group
  • Lambton House/Heritage York
  • Parkdale Community Health Centre
  • Community Living Toronto
  • Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre
  • Reconnect Community Health Services
  • Korean Senior Citizens Society of Toronto
  • Yee Hong Centre
  • North York Arts
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Extendicare Lakeside
  • Senior Persons Living Connected
  • Sick Muse Art Projects
  • Toronto Seniors Forum