Ages and Stages was a Cavan Age Friendly Project produced with Cavan Older Peoples Council. The drama was written, performed and attended by older people. This project took on in many ways an unknown journey for those who were brave enough to stay with the entire process, but a very rewarding journey.
Maura Williamson facilitator of the project remarked on the success of the project:
"I saw people leave their troubles outside the door, and engage in creative writing, acting, rehearsals and the entire process of theatre from pen to page to stages. Those not new to the process found this space to produce new writing, develop their acting and stage skills. Those new, found the trust and support within this group to explore, present their own new writing, acting, and performing and did this in a very professional way.
Commitment, dedication, openness to creative process, pure fun, and laughter were the true ingredients of this project.
The incredible strength and teamwork were tested when we lost some of our actors, but this group dug deep to an inner space and rose up to take this challenge in a very professional way even exploring new ways and strengths they never knew they had".
Many of the older people who participated had little or no drama or script writing experience:
"I welcomed the opportunity to document some of my lived experiences in script form. Stage is a brilliant format especially when backed by professionals and adequate funding. Hopefully we have changed a few perceptions around ageing positively. I look forward to repeating the life affirming experience."
This project is funded by Creative Ireland and Cavan County Council through Creative Cavan.