Elders aren’t just older – they’re wiser. In a good society, older people are respected for their experience, for their knowledge and for everything they can teach us.

The Royal Exchange Elders Company is for everyone aged 60+ who wants to feel connected to new people and ideas, develop performance skills and make boundary-pushing theatre that challenges negative stereotypes of ageing.  

"I am not the same person who joined The Elders on that very first day. Nothing else I do in my activities or, indeed, have done in the past has brought my new found confidence I am now experiencing. I want to shout from the rooftops, ‘look out world, here I come. And if I can do it, so can you."

The Elders Company is currently at full capacity. Please see below for Elders opportunities currently open to anyone aged 60+.

Elders Monthly sessions are a taster workshop for those who wish to develop drama skills and find out more about the process of making theatre. Please click here for more information and upcoming dates.

Elders Investigate sessions enable older people to explore and interrogate the relationship between arts & culture and ageing through discussion and creative writing. Sessions are led by Sarah Butler, a novelist who specialises in socially engaged practice and place specific writing. Please click here for more information and upcoming dates.

For further information on The Elders please contact Andy Barry on 0161 615 6792 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For an in-depth study of the programme so far, why not read our article looking from our initial pilot to working inter-generationally with our Young Company.