Acting Against Ageing: The Theatre Group Helping Older People Stay Creative

People are now living longer, and for many, a whole third of their lives will take place past retirement. One method that has helped many slow mental decline, keep spirits up, and find companionship is community improvised theatre. The Curtain Up Players began as such a group for those over age 50. There is no script, but the 13 actors have rough ideas of scenes in which they can improvise. As one cast member remarked: "The group stretches my ability to communicate with people, which when you are on your own you forget."

The Guardian, July 29, 2014

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