Nine first time stage actors and playwrights in Te Whanganui a Tara, all in their ‘third age’ have co-created a play that explores their personal experiences of the only consistent thing in life: change. Physical, emotional, familial, and societal change.
Their work We Wrote This premieres at BATS Theatre in Wellington December 12 and 13.
Using improvisational theatre, Voice Arts works with over 250 older people each week in Te Whanganui-a-tara, including those living with dementia. Their mission is to support older people to perform, tell their stories, and stretch their brains and their imaginations.
Creative Director Nicola Pauling says it’s about them using their voice, to be seen and heard.
That doesn’t necessitate getting up on stage in front of an audience, but one group of attendees wanted to take their work a step further.
Actor and playwright Fiona Campbell joins Nicola Pauling on RNZ’s Culture 101 with Mark Amery to explain.