For those of you who still aren't sure what our project goals are please continue to read this blog.
We are By Design Theatre.
By Design is a new collective group of artists that are currently in the very early stages of working with AGE UK Plymouth. We identified festivities for the older generation for the Mayflower 400 were limited. When approaching AGE UK Plymouth with our idea to create a piece of theatre for this target group, this meeting resulted in a stronger commitment to include participant involvement in the actual programming, devising and production of theatre.
Below are three question about why this project is important.
First question: is there a need for this?
First answer: yes there is a 100% need.
"Theatre, music, dance and art make older people feel happy and help combat loneliness and help combat isolation." Performing arts survey reveals benefits of culture for the elderly
Second question: will older people be able to get physically involved?
Second answer: there is a theory that ageing is all about mind-set. If you have a healthy attitude to ageing then you will age more gracefully whereas if you have a negative outlook to ageing then you may actually make yourself more sick. An example of this being the boy who cried wolf- if you tell yourself something enough then it will most likely happen to you.
A quote to support this..
"negative expectations can become “self-fulfilling prophecies.” In other words, when an older person believes that older people are vital and vibrant, he or she is more apt to take care of him — or herself. In contrast, when an older person believes that aging equates to sickness and infirmity, he or she may subconsciously become sick and infirm."
Also, theatre has other types of health benefits such as social and psychological.
"For the seniors, theatre has many health benefits—physical, mental, psychological and cultural. But the social factor is so important." Community and Senior Theatre: A Perfect Match by Bonnie L. Vorenberg
Question three: why here and why now?
Answer three: the older generations have been denied this for too long. Being able to participate in Theatre should not be a privilege- it is something that every person on is planet should be able to get involved with. No matter what age! They have a lifetime of experience to share, they are creative and most importantly they should not be ignored!!
"When it comes to exploring cultural value as perceived and understood by older people, the difficulties are compounded because of how we construct and view these members of our society. Cultural institutions, as well as individuals, tend to hold stereotypical and deficit views of what older people are or are not capable of and will tend to write off, or ignore, their contributions to their communities and localities in cultural as in other arenas" (Cutler, 2009).
So, if you like the sound of what this project entails then please like our page and keep up to date with everything we are doing.
Soon going to launch a crowdfunding campaign so if you have some spare pennies lying around then please donate as we want to offer this programme free of charge to its participants!
Thank you for all your support so part on this exciting adventure.