Freedom Studios theatre company puts pensioners in the spotlight (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Freedom Studios theatre company puts pensioners in the spotlight
Bradford theatre company Freedom Studios is setting up a “pensioner warehouse” in the city centre.
The company is taking over the facade of Forster’s Bistro in Centenary Square and remodelling it as a ‘shop’, promoted with the slogans “Closing down sale: 50 per cent off old people” and “Get them before they expire”.
Called The Home, the thought-provoking production has been funded with a £30,000 Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust – a charitable foundation supporting biomedical research and medical humanities – and explores what it means to grow older in Britain. Performances will be ‘looped’ so audiences can turn up to watch at any point.
Freedom Studios has been working with groups of older people in Bradford, including the Ukrainian Women’s Choir and residents at Knowles Court Residential Home in Bierley, as part of its research for The Home, which looks at the experience of growing older and the science of the ageing process.
The company is working with Entelechy Arts, a company specialising in older people’s projects, as well as scientists from the Clinical Ageing Research Unit at Newcastle University, Kings College, London, and St Andrews University, Scotland.
The project explores the transitions in older age, in relation to biomedical science, by working with six artists from different disciplines.
Producer Deborah Dickinson, of Freedom Studios, said: “The Home will challenge thinking and perceptions looking beyond the label of ‘old age’, a label that encompasses ten million people in the UK over 65, to explore individual human stories and explode stereotypes of age.”
Pensioner Warehouse, the first of six installations, takes place at Forster’s Bistro and Deli on Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm, during the Positive Bradford event, and on Tuesday, October 1, from 11am to 2pm, for Older People’s Week and Saturday, October 19 as part of the Reflections Festival.
* For more about The Home, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.