Keele University to use memories to research theatre and ageing

Posted on 03/06/2011 by


Researchers at Keele University  are undertaking a  research project looking into the theatre’s role in representations and recollections of ageing.

Ages and Stages is a collaboration between Keele University and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme.  The research team will explore the role that Stoke-on-Trent’s Victoria Theatre (now the New Vic Theatre) has played in the lives of people living and working in the Potteries during the last forty years.

Through research at the Victoria Theatre archive, they will look at the Vic’s ground-breaking social documentaries, pioneered by Peter Cheeseman, which included The KnottyFight for Shelton Bar!The Dirty Hill and Nice Girls, examining their depiction of older people and their place in the history, culture and ongoing life of this unique industrial community.  In addition, the project will interview older people about their involvement with the theatre itself: as volunteers, as actors and employees, as audience members, and as people who were interviewed for the social documentaries.  At the end of the project  the research will be drawn together in the creation of a new piece of documentary drama. Ages and Stages is funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing programme.

For more information, see the project information pages or contact Michelle Rickett , or telephone 01782 733846.

(Story picked up from This Is Stafford)

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