IN OCTOBER WE HOSTED OUR SECOND ELDERS EXCHANGE DAY – A CELEBRATION OF OLDER PEOPLE AS ARTISTS AND MAKERS

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ELDER EXCHANGE DAY

On Monday 1 October, we hosted our second Elders Exchange Day as part of Age of Creativity Festival

Throughout the day we had 110 participations by older people across 7 workshops, including sessions exploring circus skills, improvisation, playwriting, movement and visual arts. Here’s what people told us…

“I don’t know who I was when I was dancing, I was a different me.”

“Just popped into Box Office but found myself becoming a print maker – an enjoyable and different experience. Many thanks”

You can watch a short film about the day here.

Skylight Circus Arts

Skylight Circus Arts lead a workshop for 20 people

Playwriting Session

Local playwright Ian Townsend leads an introduction to playwriting session

Three visiting groups: Wai Yin Tai Chi group from Manchester, Skylight Circus Arts from Rochdale and Hearts and Minds Theatre Company from Tameside presented work in our Studio and a total of 48 older people performed their own work for audiences.

The Royal Exchange Elders Graduates devised and presented their own work for the first time on themes as broad as comedy, communication and death.

Wai Yin Tai Chi

Elders from the Wai Yin Tai Chi Group demonstrate their craft

Circus Group

The Silver Circus group from Skylight Circus Arts in Rochdale present their work before leading a workshop

Hearts and Minds

Tameside’s Hearts and Minds Theatre Company present the premiere of their new creation WHO CARES?! Created by older people working alongside professional actors. The show will tour schools in Tameside.

Elders Graduates

Graduates of the Royal Exchange Elders Company present their own devised work

“Thought-provoking, fun, emotional. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!”

And throughout the day, Sonder Radio broadcast live from the Great Hall.

Sonder Radio

“What a brilliant day and what a brilliant way to end it – everyone singing and dancing in a sing-song!”

There’s lots of ways to get involved and age creatively, so come and join us at our next Elders Monthly on Monday 22 October.