We are now able to share with the big wide world this beautiful short film we made last year with a group of 30+ older actors. The film explores experiences of belonging and not belonging.
Our fabulous Newtown Social Drama group gave themselves an extra challenge by taking on the 48 hours film festival. It was a busy and thoroughly joyful weekend.
It was surreal to be back out in the world (Spain to be precise) connecting with people face to face. Our Director, Nicola Pauling led a workshop on games that inspire joy and post conference headed to Barcelona to teach a workshop with the Applied Improv leading light, US based Bobbi Block.
It was a pleasure to be presenting at this pacific rim webinar. You can watch the recording of this joyful event here:
In partnership with Dementia Wellington and the YODAT Trust we are researching the benefits of play and performance for those living with dementia. The evidence in so far indicates the experience is cognitively developmental!
Thanks to the fabulous team at Arts Access Aotearoa for casting the spotlight on our free Social Drama for Seniors programme.
Our latest short film is ready to be seen and on Tuesday 30th November we are hosting an online webinar to premiere the film, hear from the actors and the director. “The Echo Made Me Smile” captures a collection of devised performances from a 25 strong cast of elders exploring the theme of Belonging.
We were online with the Alzheimers NZ Conference playing with delegates and showcasing our approach to supporting and developing those living with dementia. We have training available for caregivers who would like to learn how to bring more joy, more relationally and more curiosity to their work. Contact us!
We’ve been awarded funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage to expand our free social drama for seniors programme of weekly classes. The funding is for three years and will support us to move into five new communities. Watch this space for details of where.
Celebrating intergenerational creativity. We partnered drama students from Wellington East Girls College with older women, many former students of the school. The relationships inspired a devised theatre performance exploring cultural identity across the generations. For more images check out our Facebook page.