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Taking things a stage further

Theatre-goers aged from 18 to 80 are teaming up for the next stage of a New Vic and Keele University partnership project.

The next chapter of the Ages and Stages intergenerational project launches this spring with workshops, a performance tour and a training course on the cards.

Led by the New Vic’s Education department, weekly workshops will use drama to explore relationships spanning the generations before culminating in a performance which will tour to schools and residential centres across Staffordshire.

Head of New Vic Education, Jill Rezzano, who is part of the Ages and Stages team, said: “This stage of the project is about reaching out across the generations and bringing older and younger people together.”

Last year Ages and Stages, which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, looked at the role the New Vic has played in community life and concluded with a documentary, Our Age Our Stage, taking to the new Vic stage.

Jill added: “The first part of Ages and Stages was celebratory and marked the New Vic’s 50th anniversary. Now, we’re going further to examine perceptions of age and relationships between older people and younger people and what it means for society as a whole.”

A training course will also be running alongside the workshops for professionals working in fields such as health and social care and education.

Further information about all aspects of the project is available by telephoning Jill Rezzano on 01782 717954 ext 341.


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