The Elders is… an explsion of purple, blue velvet, a brave sunrise red.

So starts a poem created by members of the Royal Exchange Elders Company

to capture the spirit and flavour of what being a part of the company means to its members.

The poem was shared as part of the Elders Company launch which took place on Wednesday 21 September.

The launch was led by Elders Company director Andy Barry and was an opportunity for members to come together, celebrate past achievements and look forward to what’s on offer during 2016/2017.

Andy said:
“Since its creation in 2014, the energy and ideas of what the Elders Company is and can be, have really gathered pace. In 2016/17, we’re really excited about developing our intergenerational work and finding more ways for the Young Company and Elders to come together. Plus, we want to widen the reach of the work, so ELDERS MONTHLY will continue - these are practical workshops open to anyone over 60 who wants to stay connected with us or get a taster of what we do in the company. There will also be opportunities to take part in our new ELDERS INVESTIGATE programme.”

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ELDERS INVESTIGATE will be led by novelist Sarah Butler. Through a series of workshops and creative conversations, company members and other older people will be invited to explore and interrogate the relationship between arts & culture and ageing. For further information and to join the conversation in person and online please click here.

Artistic director Sarah Frankcom, who also attended the launch told the company:
“last week at the Young Company launch I told them they were the future, I want to say the same thing to you. You are absolutely what the Royal Exchange is about and when I see the work you create I feel inspired.”

The Elders Company is for everyone over 60 who wants to feel connected to new people and ideas, develop performance skills and make boundary-pushing theatre. For more information visit: royalexchange.co.uk/elderscompany