There has been a good deal in the media recently about old and young people coming together to help and support each other. For instance “The Hairy Bikers go Old School on BBC2” as part of the BBC's Do Something Great Campaign. (The Bikers take on the challenge of bringing together pensioners and troubled teens.) Never to be out-done, on 26th May our Chair Alan Barnett and Secretary Anita Oxford joined the New Victoria theatre for an intergenerational event organised by Beanstalk and Burslem Bookroom, which clearly demonstrated that the building is not just a theatre, and this became more evident as the afternoon progressed. The day was led by Jill Rezzano, who is the Head of Education at the theatre. Also present were the group “Ages and Stages” an older persons group who are involved in all kinds of theatre related activities. That day was an intergenerational theatre workshop, where the pupils from St. Peter's Academy Cobridge acted out scenes with the Ages and Stages group. Anita also got involved (see pics) All in all a great example of how a great age span need not be a problem, as the two groups worked well together and everyone really enjoyed the day. Alan and Anita also enjoyed a backstage tour which included the props store, scenery building workshop and the costume department. City Voices love to be represented on this type of occasion, and there will be more of this in the future and opportunities for other members of CV to join in.
Pictures L to R
Anita standing by while Jill Rezzano explains all to the children
Anita doing goodness knows what with some of the groups
The pupils with the Ages and Stages group
Anita with Jill Rezzano (left) and Emily Adams from Burslem Bookroom