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Elders Mondays - Autumn Winter 2019

  • 21 October 2019 - 17 February 2020
  • The Great Hall - The Lounge - The Front Room - The Shop

Want to feel more connected and be part of a community? Could creativity and fun play a bigger part in your life? Are you curious about theatre?

On the first and third Monday of each month, the Royal Exchange will host a day-long programme of events for older people including practical drama workshops, writing and play-reading sessionsas well as free creative activities.

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 Elders is for older people who want to feel connected, learn more about theatre-making, be creative and have fun.

“Do it! It’s a safe space to learn about yourself and others, to make friends who are enthusiastic and supportive”

“Go for it! Can’t believe I could have so much fun at the age of 83!”

Come and take part in FREE creative activities in the hall, meet friends, or book onto one of the scheduled workshops happening throughout the day (£6). No experience is necessary, just a curious mind and a willingness to try.

Our Dementia Café is being reimagined to include theatre-related activities lead by a professional practitioner. We’ll be relaunching the Dementia Café in January so please come back and check for details later in the year.

“Three years ago, I would have said I was too set in my ways, too old, too late to address my fears. I now relish challenges. We are learning to see ourselves as theatre makers, playing with ideas and techniques in a growing and learning environment”

"Coming here you've got a sense of purpose, it's about belonging to something." 

Workshop content:

  11am - 1pm 2pm - 4pm
1st Monday Insights & Write
sessions
Play & Write
sessions
3rd Monday Outloud & Write
sessions
Play & Write
sessions

ELDERS PLAY: Practical drama workshop (takes place at 2pm on the first and third Monday of the month)

Join this practical session to explore a different aspect of theatre-making led by a professional theatre-maker. Sessions are fun, creative and informal. No experience is necessary, just a curious mind and a willingness to try.

ELDERS WRITE: Writing workshop (takes place at 11am and then repeated at 2pm on the first and third Monday of the month)

Join this session to explore approaches to creative writing led by a professional writer. No experience necessary, just bring a pen, paper and an open mind.

ELDERS INSIGHTS: Specialist insight into theatre-making (takes place at 11am on the first Monday of the month only)

Join this session to gain knowledge and learn about a particular aspect of theatre-making. Each session is led by a different professional artist. This might include an expert maker, voice coach, movement director or a member of our backstage departments. Have a go and take part in activities to learn more about how we stage plays.

ELDERS OUT LOUD: Play-reading and discussion (takes place at 11am on the third Monday of the month only)

Join this session to explore a play linked to the one on our main stage. Play a part and read aloud or simply listen. Discover new plays, empathise and share your thoughts and ideas on a range of scripts.

  • Event Information
  • UPCOMING ELDERS MONDAY SESSIONS:

    21 October 2019, 18 November 2019, 2 December 2019, 16 December 2019, 6 January 2020, 20 January 2020, 3 February 2020 and 17 February 2020. (No Elders Monday on 4 November 2019 due to the Bruntwood Prize Ceremony)

    TICKET PRICES: £6 per workshop session. During each day, there will be other activity in the Great Hall (puzzles, poetry writing, games and story-based activity) which is free to attend.

    VENUES:

    ELDERS PLAY - The Front Room

    ELDERS WRITE - The Lounge

    ELDERS INSIGHTS - The Front Room

    ELDERS OUT LOUD - The Front Room

      11am - 1pm 2pm - 4pm
    1st Monday Insights & Write
    sessions
    Play & Write
    sessions
    3rd Monday Outloud & Write
    sessions
    Play & Write
    sessions

    The Arts Pot scheme can provide financial assistance for course and/or travel costs, this is to make sure that everyone can access our programme and that cost is not a barrier to taking part with us. If you would like to enquire about financial support please reserve your place at the Box Office then click here to download the Arts Pot form.

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