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Theatre Exchange

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.

Our programme

We have a track-record of creating excellent work with the over 50s, including productions toured to lunch/social clubs and sheltered housing venues, and intergenerational participatory projects. Theatre Exchange aims to enable older and younger residents to get to know each other through participatory arts projects.

In April 2020 we launched Hackney Social Radio a weekly FM radio programme as an extension of our Theatre Exchange work. The programmes are targeted at the digitally isolated and aim to provide entertainment, share regular and up-to-date information, and create a sense of community over the airwaves.

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Online Workshops

We’re currently running weekly online workshops with our core group of over 55s, creating improvisations, radio plays and generally staying connected. The group meet via Zoom Mondays at 6pm.

For more information and to get involved, contact Jo or call us on 0207 682 3031.

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The Magic Suitcase

Our core group of performers created a new panto for 2019, building on the story of Cindy Rella and bringing in a whole host of fairytale characters. 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. We also performed the show to young people at our EbYT groups following the success of our intergenerational project in the summer.

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George and the Dragon

Following the success of “Cindy Rella”, the group decided to create a show specifically for young people. Seeking another well known story, we decided on George and the Dragon. Exploring themes and ideas such as sustainability, democracy and animal rights, the story kept 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.

In July 2019, representatives from the 6 schools we visited joined the older performers to create a sequel. This project was a great success; by working creatively together all our participants were able to get to know each other and understand the opportunities and challenges faced by residents at opposite ends of the age spectrum. This intergenerational project ended with a performance of the sequel and the creation of a short film by our very own Gbenga Olopade which was displayed as part of an installation in the CLR James Library in Dalston in October 2019. You can watch the film [here].(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVeuffDHf_E&t=1s).

We are very grateful to our funders: Arts Council England and West Hackney Parochial Trust.

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Cindy Rella

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.

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