A group of elders 60+ will create and perform a theatre show inspired by two short stories by Murilo Rubião, the father of Brazilian Magic Realism. Both deal with death, loss and grief and will be the catalysts for the participants to share and discuss their views, experiences, and feelings, which will be juxtaposed to the stories in a touching and magical visual spectacle. The stories aren’t naturalistic which makes dealing with the subject much easier.
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Why it's a great idea:
We have been offering drama projects to the 60+ in this area in partnership with the Church Street Library since 2017. Our work is about empowering them by offering the best practice in terms of content and delivery whist generating well-being through what we believe are two of the most important tools against the adversities of the process of ageing: fun and socialisation. Death is ever so present to old people. However, it is not a topic most like to discuss. We have often stirred away from it over the 4 years we have been delivering drama projects to this group. Recently, the husband of our eldest member died and she felt the need to talk about it. Although, other members were empathic, there was a lack of willingness to listen. Death is still a taboo, and we often avoid talking about it. This project would give us the opportunity to tackle it and hopefully generate resilience and acceptance within the group.
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'It made me feel as if things were more normal and helped me forget the pandemic. It made me less depressed. I have been miserable and after the drama I feel more alive, I have more energy. It improves my week all together. It improves the wellbeing. Also, it helps with concentration and memory. And because it is creative. I feel I have achieved something. All the other groups have stopped and this had made me more alive.’ Diana’s feedback on in person sessions