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.
We begin the fourth year of our Third Act programme delivering social drama classes to five Retirement villages in the Wellington region. We don’t mean to brag, but there are more than a few who say this class is the highlight of their week. It is definitely a highlight of ours! It’s a privilege playing and creating with our Third Act members.
We have been awarded a Creative in Schools grant to work this year at Wellington East Girls College developing an inter-generational devised theatre project looking at cultural identity. Working with year 12 and 13 students, along side former students now in their 70’s and 80’s we will be exploring what’s changed over 6 decades when it comes to expressions of cultural identity.
Entering it’s third year our multi-cultural mothers support group continues to thrive. Supportive, creative, joyful.
Forging a shared identity, this wonderful group has named themselves The DCC, (the dramatic, chaotic club.)