Theatre by and for older people
We offer opportunities for, by, and with older people to create, share, and develop professional theatre.
This includes our long-running Feeling Good Theatre Company, and past projects such as Anniversary.
Our past projects:
Feeling Good theatre company
Our older people’s theatre company, Feeling Good, was established in 1999 to challenge stereotypes and share positive stories of ageing, reflecting the experiences of older people. Supported by the Playhouse but run entirely by older people, Feeling Good is at the forefront of entertaining and educating older people in Leeds and beyond. Previous commissions have come from Trading Standards, West Yorkshire Police and the National Osteoporosis Society, and the company are currently working with Leeds City Council’s Public Health directorate to share key messages around hydration and physical activity. Feeling Good Theatre Company is available for bookings for community performances, festivals and conferences.
“It’s not a time for living in the past or in the future but living fully in the present. We mark out our significant moments with anniversaries. Anchors in time.”
Developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse through a commission from the Baring Foundation in July 2015, Anniversary was a piece of contemporary theatre created by a group of older performers. Theatre that crossed boundaries effortlessly between performance art, contemporary dance, music and personal stories.
Older people’s theatre symposium
In 2017, we hosted an Older People’s Theatre Symposium with over 70 delegates from companies across the UK and abroad in attendance. A range of workshops, performances and cutting-edge talks explored what it means to create theatre by, for, and with older people.