Elders Monthly - Autumn Winter 2018-2019

  • 18 February 2019
  • The Great Hall - The Lounge - The Front Room - The Shop

Elders Monthly has been reimagined. Every month, the Exchange will host a day-long programme of events for older people including practical drama workshops, writing and play-reading activities as well as backstage theatre sessions.

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.

"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."


Come and take part in FREE creative activity 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.

We’re also delighted to be hosting a Dementia Café in the hall in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, Admiral Nurses, Manchester Carers Forum and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Workshop content and timings:

ELDERS PLAY: Practical drama workshop 11am – 1pm and repeated 2pm 4pm (FRONT ROOM)

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.

The morning and afternoon session will be the same, so please book for one only.

ELDERS WRITE: Writing workshop 11am – 1pm and repeated 2pm 4pm (THE LOUNGE)

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 BACKSTAGE: Insights into theatre-making 2pm 4pm (VARIOUS SPACES)

Join this session to gain insights into the creative work of our backstage departments. Have a go and take part in activities to learn more about how we stage plays. Led by members of our production departments, marketing and programme teams, discover things you never dreamt were there.

ELDERS OUT LOUD: Play-reading and discussion 4.15pm – 6.15pm (FRONT ROOM)

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.


11am – 1pm (Cross Street end of the Great Hall)

Are you living with Dementia? Do you care for someone living with Dementia? Do you want to know more?

Come and join this relaxed and welcoming group to chat and take part in creative activity. Our Dementia Café includes professional support and advice from organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society, Admiral Nurses, Manchester Carers Forum and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Event Information

    ELDERS PLAY: Practical drama workshop in The Front Room - 11am – 1pm Book Online and repeated 2pm  4pm Book Online

    ELDERS WRITE: Writing workshop in The Lounge - 11am – 1pm Book Online and repeated 2pm  4pm Book Online

    ELDERS BACKSTAGE: Insights into theatre-making (various spaces) - 2pm  4pm Book Online 

    ELDERS OUT LOUD: Play-reading and discussion in The Front Room - 4.15pm – 6.15pm Book Online

    DEMENTIA CAFE: 11am – 1pm (Cross Street end of the Great Hall) Drop In. No Booking Needed


    Monday 18 February, 11am-6.15pm (onsale Monday 21 January 2019)

    From March 2019, Elders Monthly will become Elders Mondays as the Royal Exchange will host day-long activity on the first and third Monday of each month. (Due to the Bank Holiday, there are no Elders sessions on Monday 6 May 2019. Check out next season's dates here.

    TICKET PRICES: £6 per session

    Tickets will go onsale for each workshop at the previous workshop session.
    Book online or 0161 833 9833


    Dementia Cafe - Cross Street end of the Great Hall

    Elders Play - The Front Room

    Elders Write - The Lounge

    Elders Backstage - Various Spaces, please meet at Box Office

    Elders Out Loud - The Front Room


    Monday 18 February, 11am - 1pm.

    These sessions free and don't require booking. Simply drop-in.

    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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