We have a track-record of creating excellent work with older people including productions toured to lunch/social clubs and sheltered housing venues, and inter-generational participatory projects.
We have a track-record of creating excellent work with older people including productions toured to lunch/social clubs and sheltered housing venues, and inter-generational participatory projects. Theatre Exchane aims to enable older and younger residents to get to know each other through participatory arts projects.
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George and the Dragon
Following performing our pantomime “Cindy Rella” to young people as well as older residents the group decided that they would like to create a play specially for children. The success of “Cindy Rella” led us to seek another well known story and we fixed on George and the Dragon. Exploring themes and ideas such as sustainability, democracy and animal rights, the story keeps many of it’s orginal elements, but opens the discussion of whether to kill the dragon to the audience. In development, we invited young people from our Youth Theatres to initial readings of the play who expressed their opinion and also came up with the idea of creating a sequel.
The show has been very well received in schools:
“It was a really good show, I wanted to see again” “I love the show because it was very interactive, and I liked how it was a very old story, but it felt new” “It shows that you can do anything old or young”
From the 22nd to 26th of July representatives from the 6 schools we have visited will join the older performers to create a sequel. We hope that by working creatively together all our participants will get to know each other and understand the opportunities and challenges faced by residents at opposite ends of the age spectrum.
We are very grateful to our funders: Arts Council England and West Hackney Parochial Trust.
In December 2018, our core group of active older people have created their own version of Cinderella. The production toured to older people’s lunch and social clubs and residential homes taking the joy of live performance to those who would not usually have the opportunity. Whilst on tour we gathered stories from our audiences and created a short film with Bhavesh Hindocha, as part of an installation created by Pip Nash. This installation toured libraries in Hackney throughout December 2018/January 2019