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.
COVID lockdowns both here in New Zealand and over the Tasman in Australia have seen us taking our work back online with weekly classes for seniors in Retirement Villages. It’s a much needed opportunity to socially connect, to laugh and to development within the safe confines of home.
In partnership with ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum we are delivering a weekly creative wellbeing class for a new social group of women from Afghanistan. Opportunities to play, to laugh and experience joy have been truly welcomed by this fabulous group of women.
We now have four social drama classes running weekly in the Wellington region. Our newest class happens every Thursday morning in Newtown. Check out our Facebook page for details:
Loneliness is twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people and while there are many services tending to the physical health needs of our grandparents there are few that specifically support their social and emotional wellbeing. Voice Arts is one of them. (Click on the link to read the full article.)
Loneliness is twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people and while there are many services tending to the physical health needs of our grandparents there are few that specifically support their social and emotional wellbeing. Voice Arts is one of them.
Delivering a programme of free social drama classes in neighbourhoods throughout Wellington, Voice Arts is a creative space committed to bringing laughter, play and performance (back) into the lives of older people. 65 or 95, introvert or extrovert these classes help keep the mind active and creative, while building a social network of people that all live nearby.
Last year it was a devised performance for the NZ Fringe Festival this year we’re working on a short film. Voice Arts is supporting members of our Third Act programme to devise and perform in a short film exploring the theme of Belonging. We look forward to sharing that with you all in August. Watch this space.