Celebrating Age through the arts and across the generations
Malvern Theatres ‘celebrated age’ this week, hosting a day’s showcase of the different activities they offer regularly for people of all ages.
The Theatre Foyer was full with existing participants doing demonstrations, as well as new visitors trying activities for the first time.
Children also joined in, interacting with older dancers and storytellers, and showing them some new moves of their own.
Julia Cook and her two children, Elizabeth and William, took part for the first time, with two-year-old
Elizabeth charming audiences with her impromptu participation in the ‘Chance to dance’ performance.
Julia said: “My children love music and dancing and so we wanted to do something a bit different.”
John Taylor, 68, who moved to Malvern two years ago, is a regular at Malvern Theatres’ dance classes.
He said: “The classes are fun, it’s an enjoyable physical activity but it also works your mind. It’s good to have a laugh with the others in the class as well.”
Rose Beeston, director of DanceFest who led some of the displays, said: “One of the great things about today is how it’s brought people together; people who wouldn’t usually get to know one another.
“It’s also lovely to be in a theatre environment, to see people watching and supporting one another, or just having a coffee.”
Other activities on offer included short mat bowls, group singing, table games, arts and crafts, and storytelling.
Bridget Lloyd, head of engagement and creative learning at Malvern Theatres, said: “Malvern Theatres is a venue for all and we’re delighted that so many people came along to see the activities we offer and to sample them. It’s a very welcoming environment, with different activities for people.”
Malvern Theatres currently offers ten regular weekly workshops, such as dance classes for over 55s, creative arts for those with learning disabilities, and stagecraft for the young, as well as one-off specialist workshops, such as classes with professional dance companies and non-verbal interactive workshops for those with special needs.
The theatre also offers monthly regular relaxed cinema screenings for people who struggle with regular film environments, such as people with dementia or autism, as well as weekly subtitled cinema for people with hearing loss.
For more information, call 01684 580956 or visit malvern-theatres.co.uk/take-part