A ten-week practical course for creative arts practitioners and education workers exploring how memories, life history and reminiscence can be explored as a means of creating performance.

Posted: 08/07/2012

At the end of the course Malcolm Jones (Course Director) David Savill (Artistic Director of Age Exchange) and an External adjudicator will award the Age Exchange Certificate in Reminiscence Arts Level 1 for students who have shown commitment and achieved a satisfactory standard in performance and learning.  


The first four weeks of the course will begin by exploring the skills and processes used by the artist in creating performance from memories and oral history. The final six weeks will be a more concentrated period with two sessions a week and will be a practical project working towards a piece of performance which will be presented on the evening of 6 December to an invited audience.


The course will include:


·         Background to Community and Reminiscence Theatre

·         Looking at possible source material

·         Skills in devising theatre from source material

·         The ethics of Reminiscence theatre  – Basic Interviewing technique

·         Consideration of styles of presentation and performance

·         Deciding on themes and subject matter

·         Writing and editing source material

·         Structuring and developing the work through rehearsals

·         Skills in developing improvisational theatre

·         Setting up Intergenerational creative arts and performance projects

Creating a final public presentation

Participants should be prepared to commit time to research themes, possibly interviewing a neighbour or family member and writing outside of the session.


Who will benefit from the course?

Creative arts practitioners – Community artists – Theatre practitioners – Teachers – Oral Historians – Educational and Youth workers

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