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| Niamh Hicks

New Weekend Workshops Exploring Ageing

We’re developing a new show and we need your help! We are running a day of workshops on Sunday 17 March exploring the theme of Ageing and we want to meet you.

What does Ageing force upon us? It’s happening to all of us, but when do we talk about it?

In these workshops, explore the positives and the benefits of Ageing as well as our personal responses to society’s expectations. We are exploring Ageing at all stages in life. From cradle to grave. So if you are 18+, have a BN postcode, and don’t make your living as a professional artist, you can get involved in the making of this new show.

We have spent six weeks exploring the theme with BPT members*, and now we are running a day of open Pay What You Decide workshops to continue to develop ideas for our next show.

About the workshops

We’re running two, three-hour workshops, where we’ll start with some conversations around the theme. During the workshops, we’ll play games and run some accessible theatre exercises, finally building up to a small sharing of work.

At the moment we imagine the show will be a nonlinear theatre piece, formed of lots of different sketches linked by the theme rather than a traditional story. Some of the small bits of work we create in these workshops might be used in the next stage of the show’s development. This day is a chance to have a conversation, share a story, connect and play with others in a safe workshop environment and create something that might end up on the stage.

Feel free to book both of these workshops or just one. There are 15 spaces available for each workshop. Book your spot now below!

Workshop 1: 10 am – 1 pm
Societal Expectations of Ageing: how do we respond?
With Emma Edwards

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Workshop 2: 2 pm – 5 pm
Growth and Benefits from Ageing: what do we gain as we grow older?
With Georgia Bowers

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About the artists

We are very excited to be collaborating with two brilliant artists who have expertise working with the theme of Ageing. Their background and approach to each workshop promises to be upbeat, and fun, and will explore this theme from a different angle.

Emma Edwards

Emma Joy Edwards is a writer, performer, director and teacher, who has worked all over the world, specialising in comedy. She creates shows and performs as half of A&E Comedy, creating award-winning theatre shows which celebrate older women and challenge societal expectations of ageing through a healthy dose of joyful dissent!

Insta: @3mma_3dwards
X: @superemmelina

Georgia Bowers

Dr Georgia Bowers is one of the UK’s leading Creative Ageing practitioners. Currently, she is a Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Applied and Contemporary Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey. Her creative ageing practice has been celebrated in the UK, Europe and North America.

Website: www.georgiabowers.co.uk
Insta: @drbowersgeorgia

What will happen after the workshops?

The week after this workshop, there will be an opportunity to perform what you have created at BPT’s Spring Get-Together on Thursday 21 March, 7.30 pm – 10 pm. There is no pressure to perform at this, but it’s a supportive non-judgemental performance space, so we encourage people to take a creative risk and try something out if they feel like it. We’ll be holding a rehearsal for this on the 21 March at 4-6 pm venue TBC, for those that want some support before the evening.

These workshops, like all BPT workshops, are run on a Pay What You Decide basis. No experience is required and laughter is guaranteed.

*Anyone can become a BPT member. You just need to come to 12 drop-in workshops over a year. So come and play and join our membership.