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New Vic Education gets set for Live Age

New Vic Education gets set for Live Age

11th September 2015

New Vic Education is gearing up to perform at Live Age, a festival celebrating creativity in later life.

Live Age, which is supported by Keele University and welcomes Joan Walley as its patron, will celebrate the artistic and creative works of talented older people from across North Staffordshire. It takes place from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 October.

New Vic Education’s Ages and Stages company will perform a new piece of theatre for the festival, while Head of Education Jill Rezzano will be running a workshop which will be open to all.

Jill Rezzano said: “This is a tremendous chance for us to be involved in and promoting the life enhancing opportunities of Theatre and the Arts. Live Age is also delighted to have Joan Walley as its patron and to have her incredible support.”  

Coinciding with UK Older People’s Day, the festival will see activities take place in community centres, residential homes, theatres, museums and galleries across Stoke-on-Trent and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

This year’s programme of events includes new art commissions, a range of workshops, film screenings, live music, performances and exhibitions.

Highlights include a screening of the acclaimed film 45 Years at Stoke Film Theatre, a performance of 1616, the Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare at the Mitchell Arts Centre and workshops, including singing, photography and creative writing.

Ages and Stages is a continuing research collaboration between the New Vic’s Education team and Keele University which looks at the impact of theatre on ideas about, and the experience of, ageing.

Since launching in 2009, the project has established an intergenerational theatre company which last year toured a piece of drama to schools and residential centres across Staffordshire.

For further information about the Live Age Festivalclick here…


Article by Megan Holland

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RT @PaulWilliams207: The research-informed Ages and Stages project led to the creation of a theatre company, new plays and the @LiveAgeFest