Six members of the Elders Company have been working with Sarah Butler to investigate why some older people don’t go to the theatre or take part in drama groups.

They have visited different groups in Manchester to talk to other older people about their experiences and opinions of the theatre.

On 1st March, the group created zines documenting their visits and the themes and conversations that came up.


Jacquie and Graham visited the Happy Mondays group at Inspire in Levenshulme. Estelle and Janice visited Wythenshawe Good Neighbours lunch club. In their zines, Estelle and Jacquie thought about ways to introduce new people to the Royal Exchange and the Elders Company; Jacquie and Graham discussed barriers preventing people from attending the theatre.

Sarah Butler wrote the following piece in response to the workshop:

Reasons Not To Go To The Theatre

I’ve loved it before
But I’m out of the habit
Off its radar

You have to change at Cornbrook
Battered about
By the wind and rain

It’s like a foreign land
Like a place I don’t know
I don’t go. I don’t go.

I’m not posh enough
Not for that place
Not me.