Sheffield launches theatre group for older performers
University of Sheffield PhD student Bridie Moore is launching a theatre group for older performers to explore the representations and experiences of older people.
Bridie is looking for performers over the age of 50 to form the group that will be a central part of her research into performances of age and ageing.
Bridie said: “It is well known that we have an ageing population, so the way older people are represented on stage and in the media is of growing interest. This new theatre group will offer older people an opportunity to explore ways in which they are, and would like to be, represented.”
“Across the country there are many young people’s theatres that explore the ways the under 25s feel about society and life in general, it’s about time older people were given a similar opportunity, especially as we have an ageing population, many of whom have important things to say that often remain unheard.”
Passages Theatre Group will develop performances to be staged over the next two years. Bridie aims to secure funding for the group to continue beyond her research project.
Bridie has over 30 years experience as a theatre director and drama facilitator in mainstream and community theatre and as a teacher in further and community education. She has also worked with companies such as The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and Battersea Arts Centre in London.
Passages Theatre Group Launch will be from 10am - 12 noon on Thursday 4th October 2012, Studio 1 at the University of Sheffield Theatre Department, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD.
After the launch Passages Theatre Group will meet every week during term-time at the same time and place. There will be no cost to take part in the group.
For more information please email Bridie on email@example.com, call 07811812982 or visit http://www.facebook.com/passagestheatregroup
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