Graduates of our Third Age performance programme, storming the stage and discovering the joy of being seen and heard. By a full house no less! The fundamentals of improvisation theatre (improv) were used to build a range of skills before participants embarked on a devised theatre process that begun with a blank canvas, slowly coloured by the histories and the idea of the people in the room.
RNZ – National
As the graduates of our Third Act performance programme head into production week, the show’s Director chats with Jesse on RNZ National. Take a listen here.
Flick over to your Facebook page to check out this short video where members of our social drama classes speak to how applied improvisation stimulates the brain and heart.
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.
Spotlight on Social Drama
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!
Expanding our work with Seniors
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.