Performing arts groups for elders set to launch in Newry and south Armagh

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Two new performing arts groups are set to launch in Newry and south Armagh later this year for participants aged 60 and over. The groups are set to benefit from a £180,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund. Kaleidoscope, a Belfast-based multi-arts production and training organisation, will manage the groups over the next three years as part of it’s Acting Up project. The funds will also come from the BLF’s Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme. Kaleidoscope offer each participant the chance to learn some new skills and get to know new people, “Each Acting Up project will run for approximately twenty four weeks. The groups will meet each week for around two hours during which time the participants will have the chance to get to know one another better, to learn some new drama skills like improvisation and role-playing and to swap stories and explore some of the topics and issues that are important to them.” “Each project will culminate with the group producing their own unique piece of theatre and performing it at a local arts venue in front of an audience made up of family and friends. The piece might be something which the group have devised themselves or an existing work, like a play by a recognised author. Don’t worry, if you don’t fancy treading the boards yourself there are lots of roles to get involved in behind the scenes.” Kerry Rooney, artistic director and project co-ordinator, is expecting ““in the region of 120 to 150 participants who will be brought through a process that combines verbatim theatre, reminiscence theatre and some Augusto Boal as they work towards devising and performing their own shows.”
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