Back by popular demand, Impro For Elders is starting again at Church Street Library! The project is a 8-week pilot programme starting tomorrow, Wednesday 17 May, 3.45pm to 5.15pm (ask at the library for more details).
This grew out of a project delivered by Improbable Theatre in partnership with Church Street Library between November and December last year. It was funded by a local community fund, Create and Arts Council England. Directors Andre Pink and Caroline Williams worked with over twenty 60+ people local to the Church Street Ward to explore improvisation and storytelling, aiming to give older people from the local area access to the uplifting shared experience of improvising together. You can read about what happened last year on a previous blog post, Improbable Impro.
Impro For Elders appeared at The Cockpit in a double bill with Improbable’s improvised show Lifegame on 30 November and 1 December 2016. In a special version of Lifegame, one of the Impro For Elders participants was the on-stage guest each night.
We received some fantastic feedback from both participants and audience members:
“What I have gained out of it is immense and given me positive energy which I was certainly lacking before taking part in the project.”
“I actually feel years younger! I was surprised at how much energy I had and how my body could do things I thought I could no longer do.”
“I thought it was the best theatre experience I’ve seen and felt this year. Inclusive, moving, funny, full of possibilities”
“A thoroughly enjoyable evening – both shows were filled with joy, humour and passion. I always enjoy Improbable performances, and the Impro For Elders concept is a fantastic one.”
Given the extraordinarily successful outcome and subsequent demand from local older residents, Andre Pink from Dende Collective has offered to continue on a voluntary basis whilst Improbable will be sponsoring him to make it more sustainable.
The project will work again with the same group along with new participants. Visit the Dende Collective’s website for more information about them and their upcoming events.
‘As a company rooted in improvisation, we believe that it is a deeply democratic art form that fosters a sense of community and empowerment amongst its participants and audiences alike. In an age of increasing digital complexity it is determinedly live, and about the people who take part, their energy and what they offer.’ Ben Monks, Improbable Executive Director.
Visit Improbable’s website for more information about them and and their upcoming events.
Debora Gambera (Church Street Library)
Ben Monks (Improbable Executive Director)