Ages and Stages: translating research into practice

Lead Research Organisation: Keele University
Department Name: Research Institute for Social Sciences

Abstract

This proposal builds on - and extends to new audiences and user communities - our NDA funded research project (2009-2012) entitled Ages and Stages: The Place of Theatre in Representations and Recollections of Ageing. It aims to develop some of the activities and research-led learning from that project and, in so doing, reach out to - and bring together - user communities who may not traditionally have worked with drama in the ways proposed here. This will be achieved through the following connected programme of drama-related activities:

1) The formation of an intergenerational theatre company at the New Vic Theatre. Through a regular series of workshops, the company will bring older and younger people together in creative, drama-based activities to enhance understanding between the generations and support the continued social engagement of both groups.

2) A touring performance. The IG company will create a touring piece(s) which can be taken out to audiences within, and beyond, North Staffordshire. We anticipate that these audiences might include local councils; primary as well as secondary schools; residential homes/housing developments for older people; community groups and higher education institutions providing professional training courses (for teachers, social workers and doctors/nurses).

3) An inter-professional training course and training materials/resources, which will aim to develop practice capabilities and age awareness amongst teachers, health and social care professionals, arts practitioners and others interested in learning about and including intergenerational theatre/drama in their practice. The IG company will act as an important resource by contributing to the development and delivery of the training sessions and providing feedback to participants.

4) A scoping exercise for a wider 'Creative Age Festival', which could leave a concrete community legacy from Ages & Stages.

The project will continue to be overseen by the existing 'Ages and Stages' Advisory Group, which includes experts in drama, intergenerational practice, policy and gerontology. The group will also be refreshed by new members, including younger members of the intergenerational theatre company (aged 16-18) .

The activities we propose are timely for the following reasons. First, there is a notable groundswell of interest in the arts in general and theatre/drama in particular, not simply as a cultural activity but as one which has the potential to impact positively on the well-being of older and younger people. Second, in times of scarce resources, it is important to capitalise on activities which bring people together rather than those which might pit the generations against each other. Third, there is a role for practitioners in facilitating and enabling these kinds of activities but rarely, to our knowledge, have there been opportunities for professionals from differing arenas to work together as is proposed here. Finally, it is important to make best use of existing knowledge - not just that generated from our own work but also that of colleagues. We will be drawing strongly from our collaborators, including our linked Canadian project (about the impact of theatre on health ageing, which runs until 2013), and will also remain part of the New Dynamics of Ageing programme and will benefit from the knowledge exchanges this offers.

Planned Impact

This project will be of interest and benefit to a range of individuals, groups and organisations. We anticipate that it will have potential policy and/or practice impacts on:

- Older people
- Young people
- Professionals working with older and/or young people in arts, education, health promotion and social care settings.
- Educators and trainers of community arts, educational, and health and social care professionals.
- Charities and other voluntary organisations representing older and younger people.
- Policy-makers working at local, regional and national levels and in voluntary agencies;

Implications for older and young people:
The project will impact on older and young people in North Staffordshire through:
- Bringing older and young people together to enhance understanding and encourage communication across generations, either as participants in the intergenerational theatre company at the New Vic Theatre or as audience members
- Training professionals who will be able to deliver intergenerational drama-based projects for older and young people in a range of settings. As the original 'Ages and Stages' project has shown, intergenerational drama projects can enhance well-being, quality of life, sense of belonging, social connectedness, confidence and self-esteem for both older and younger participants.
- Scoping the possibility of a 'Creative Age' Festival, which would involve and reach a range of young and older people in North Staffordshire and could become an annual event (as is the Creative Age Festival in Edmonton, Canada, where our linked project is based).

Implications for professionals:
- The training course will bring together professionals who currently work with older and/or young people in community arts, education, social care and health promotion, and/or who wish to include intergenerational theatre/drama in their practice. It will offer a rare opportunity to bring together these professionals from different arenas.
- The course will develop practice capabilities and age awareness for these professionals.
- The course will also bring professionals together with the intergenerational theatre company established by this project. Members of the intergenerational theatre company will contribute to the devising and delivery of the training. This will enable communication and increased understanding between professionals and stakeholders.

Implications for policy makers:
- The Ages and Stages project has provided research evidence about the role that the arts and the involvement of older people can have, and might have, on social exclusion, well-being, and building cohesive communities. In particular, our findings demonstrate the importance of challenging stereotypes that creativity declines/ceases in old age, as well as demonstrating how theatre/drama can be developed as a medium for the inclusion of older adults and young people, with associated implications for positive health outcomes and community cohesion. It has also revealed how issues around identity, well being, self esteem, and self confidence are intimately connected and enhanced through theatre/drama, and the effect that creative participation and arts volunteering can have at times of transition/bereavement in later life. Our follow-on funding programme will demonstrate the different ways that such arts activities can have wide ranging and sustainable impact on practice, the training of professionals, and the lives of young and older people.
 
Title Happy Returns - DVD 
Description DVD of the 'Happy Returns' performance at The Old Library, Keele Hall, Keele University, March 18th 2013. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Interactive forum theatre piece deliberately designed to involve and stimulate responses from audiences who saw it on tour. 
 
Title Happy Returns - performances and script 
Description Script derived from research materials/workshops with 'Ages and Stages Company' and interactive forum theatre performances toured to local schools, Universities and residential homes/retirement communities for older people. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Generated a great deal of discussion about ageing, ageism and intergenerational relations amongst audiences who saw the piece. 
 
Title Live Age 2015 Overview 
Description A ten minute film showing highlights of the 2015 Live Age Festival. It is available through the Festival website and on YouTube. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The film reaches both participants and potential future participants in the now annual Live Age Festival. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bleZzyxL79E
 
Title Live Age Festival 
Description A two-day (Oct 1st and 2nd) Festival celebrating and showcasing the work and talents of local older people, arts organisations and practitioners across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Arose from the initial scoping meeting held as part of the Ages and Stages 'follow on' project and was co-ordinated by Mim Bernard (Ages & Stages PI), Jill Rezzano (Ages & Stages Co-I) and Jackie Reynolds (RA/maternity cover on follow-on project). Included an 'Ages & Stages Company' performance of 'Welcome to Silence' which was seen live by satellite link-up with partner project at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Organisation involved 14 partner organisations and over 300 people took part over the two days. We anticipate there may be sufficient interest and demand for this to become an annual event in the area. 
 
Title Live Age Festival 2016 Evaluation Presentation 
Description Powerpoint presentation of text and images comprising the evaluation of the 2016 Festival. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Available of the Festival website and reaches a range of audiences 
URL http://media.wix.com/ugd/22d747_0cf30f00ec494a80bc59589c4a7c00f2.pdf
 
Title Live Age Festival 2016 Film 
Description 10 minute film of highlights of the 2106 Festival 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Available on the Festival website and has reached diverse audiences 
URL http://www.liveagefestival.co.uk/
 
Description This grant was essentially for knowledge translation and has built on the original/our first 'Ages and Stages' (ESRC) project. Together, they underpin all the subsequent work and outputs which have been developed since 2013. In particular, the findings underpin two key outcomes: first, the development on what is now an annual 'Live Age Festival' in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. The pilot Festival took place in 2014 and has expanded each year since then - both geographically, programme-wise and in the audiences and participants it reaches. The Festival coincides with UK Older People's Day (Oct 1st) and is Co-Directed by Miriam Bernard and Jackie Reynolds (Keele University) and Jill Rezzano (New Vic Theatre). The second major outcome is the evolution of the group which originally came together in the final year of the first project, into the 'Ages and Stages Theatre Company'. In 2016, they became a free-standing community group but still hosted at the New Vic Theatre and supported by Jill Rezzano (Head of New Vic Education and Ages & Stages Artistic Director) and Miriam Bernard (Keele University).
Exploitation Route As noted above, the findings underpin the continuing work we are undertaking with older people and a range of creative organisations through botht eh Live Age Festival and the Ages and Stages Theatre Company. Others are also taking forward this work: we receive lots of invitations to speak and to participate in a range of both academic and creative/practical events.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description To underpin further work and feed in to the applications for subsequent awards (including our two AHRC funded Cultural Value Project Awards and the 'Meet Me at Live Age' project funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation's 'Celebrating Age' programme), as well as the establishment of the now annual Live Age Festival and the Ages and Stages Theatre Company.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description AHRC Cultural Value Project - Critical Review
Amount £22,359 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/L005522/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 05/2014
 
Description AHRC Cultural Value Project - Research Development Award
Amount £28,521 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/L006103/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2013 
End 05/2014
 
Description AHRC Follow on Funding
Amount £116,156 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/K000764/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2012 
End 07/2013
 
Description Baring Foundation Arts Award
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Baring Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
 
Description Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Amount £800 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Support
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Support
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
 
Description Grants for the Arts
Amount £11,800 (GBP)
Organisation Arts Council England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description Keele Ageing Initiative
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 10/2015
 
Description Keele Ageing Initiative
Amount £1,000 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Keele Impact Acceleration Fund
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 07/2016
 
Description Keele Key Fund
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Keele University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
 
Description UnLtd 'Do It' Award
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
 
Description Health and Creative Aging: Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging 
Organisation University of Alberta
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Funded under the NDA/Canadian Institutes of Health Research joint initiative, this has involved exchange of information between the two projects; visits by members of each team to the other project/country; joint presentations and symposia at various conferences; and (in preparation) joint articles.
Collaborator Contribution Funded under the NDA/Canadian Institutes of Health Research joint initiative, this has involved exchange of information between the two projects; visits by members of each team to the other project/country; joint presentations and symposia at various conferences; and (in preparation) joint articles.
Impact 2012 - presentations at BSG conference, Keele University 2013 - presentations at BSG conference, Oxford University 2014 - presentations at European Cultural Gerontology conference, NUI Galway.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Age UK
Department Age UK North Staffordshire
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Arts Council England
Department New Vic Theatre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation B-Arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Beth Johnson Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation EngAGE Stoke-on-Trent
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation FRONTLINEdance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Hullabaloo Arts Collective
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Keele University
Department Arts Keele
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Letting in the Light
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Mitchell Arts Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Peace Through Folk Choir
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Restoke
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Royal National Theatre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Staffordshire Film Archive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Staffordshire University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Live Age Festival 2015 
Organisation Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The first 'Ages & Stages' project; the follow-on project; and the linked project with Canada were the genesis of the first Live Age Festival held in 2014. The ideas for a Festival were scoped out as part of the follow-on project: the first Festival was held in Oct 2014 and the second in Oct 2015. Miriam Bernard, Jill Rezzano and Jackie Reynolds continued in 2015 as co-organisers of the Festival, coordinating the Planning Group and expanding the numbers of partners involved as well as the extent and reach of the Festival (over 3 days and in the Staffordshire Moorlands as well as the City).
Collaborator Contribution Partners are involved on the Planning Group; in delivering Festival activities; and in providing substantial in-kind support (including free venues).
Impact This collaboration/partnership has led to the Live Age Festival becoming an annual event which will run again in 2016. It is reaching more people and organisations each time.
Start Year 2014
 
Description 'Ageing, Drama and Creativity': a unique training opportunity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article about upcoming pilot training course in European Certificate of Intergenerational Learning newsletter.

Received enquiries about attendance on course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 'Beyond the Book': Ages and stages: the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited presentation made at LSE Literary Festival 2013: 'Beyond the Book: new forms of academic communication', February 28th, 2013.

Enabled project findings to reach wider and new/non academic and academic audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1780
 
Description Ages and Stages 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited workshop on the project at the 'West Midlands Later Life Forum' ('Things To Do, People To See, Places To Go'), Carr's Lane Church Centre, Birmingham, April 2nd, 2014.

Invited workshop on the project at the 'West Midlands Later Life Forum', Birmingham, April 2nd, 2014. Stimulated discussion about ageing and role of theatre/drama in intergenerational relations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bvsc.org/event/west-midlands-later-life-forum-annual-assembly
 
Description Ages and Stages Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited session on the project to BA Drama students, MMU-Cheshire, Crewe, April 3rd 2014. Stimulated discussion and questions about ageing and intergenerational relations.

Invited two-hour practical workshop on the project to BA Drama students, MMU-Cheshire, Crewe, April 3rd 2014. Generated interest in intergenerational drama: how it works; what it can achieve etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Ages and Stages at the Live Age Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ages and Stages is a company of older theatre makers based at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme. They have created a series of interventions to provoke responses and stimulate debate about what engagement means from the perspective of older people themselves. They picked up the themes of the symposium, giving the audience a chance to reflect on what they had heard and twisting it into an active mix of drama, discussion and imaginative enquiry.

This year's Live Age Symposium (30.09.16) focussed on the benefits and barriers to engaging older people in artistic and creative activities. It featured inspirational speakers and offered exciting opportunities for researchers, practitioners and anyone interested in late life creativity to share knowledge and experiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Ages and stages : the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This article provides an overview of the project design and methods, and outlines preliminary analysis of qualitative interviews with older people.

Stimulated enquiries about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.britishgerontology.org/DB/gr-editions-2/generations-review/ages-and-stages-the-place-of-t...
 
Description Ages and stages : the place of theatre in representations and recollections of ageing - podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast of invited presentation made at the LSE Literary Festival 2013: 'Beyond the Book: new forms of academic communication', Feb 28th 2013.

Stimulated enquiries about project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=178...
 
Description Celebrating Creative Ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Reynolds, J. & Bernard, M. Celebrating Creative Ageing: The Growth of the Live Age Festival. Invited presentation to Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin 'Positive Ageing' Conference. Very well received by an audience of 150 people and has already led to requests for support and guidance to establish a similar event in Shropshire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Intergenerational Theatre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture by Dr Lucy Munro at the University of East London for a module on 'Generations, Age and Meaning' for the BA in Sociology

Stimulated students to think further about ageing and the role of drama/theatre in furthering intergenerational understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Live Age Conversation: Stoke-on-Trent for City of Culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In 2017, the former Live Age Symposium became the Live Age Conversation and was held at the New Vic Theatre as part of Live Age 2017. It included three presentations and a performance by the Ages and Stages Theatre Company, sparking debate and discussion amongst audience members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Live Age Festival website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The website - and blog - are designed to communicate with potential LAF participants and to showcase the events and linked activities on offer across North Staffordshire relating to arts and older people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.liveagefestival.co.uk/
 
Description Live Age Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This Symposium was part of the second Live Age Festival (Sept 30-Oct 3 2015). It was entitled 'Live Age Symposium: Making an Impact' and took place on Friday October 2 at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley. The focus this year was on the differing ways in which creativity can make an impact: on older people's lives; on other generations; and through researchers and practitioners working together. Contributors:
Dr Lorna Warren, Sheffield University, on Making an Impact: older women and arts-based research.
Nicky Taylor, West Yorkshire Playhouse, on Making an Impact: celebrating 25 years of 'Heydays'.
Joan Walley, Live Age Festival Patron, on Making an Impact: across the generations.
Chair: Prof Miriam Bernard
Discussant: Prof David Amigoni
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.liveagefestival.co.uk/
 
Description Making an Impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Keele University Engaged Research Network Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Older People's Theatre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bernard, M., Rezzano, J. & the Ages and Stages Theatre Company, invited participants at the UK's first 'Older People's Theatre Symposium', West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, September 15th-17th. A photograph of our work was included in the exhibition; the two films of the 2014 and 2015 Live Age Festivals were screened; and the Company performed an excerpt from 'Our Lives as Art': originally devised for the 2015 Live Age Festival; and developed/performed again on November 23rd at Keele as part of the 'Back to the Drawing Board' exhibition/events celebrating the creative lives of Pat Albeck and the late Peter Rice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Study tour to Japan on 'Arts and Older People' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Bernard was invited to participate in the first ever study tour to Japan on 'Arts and Older People', jointly organised and funded by the British Council Japan, the Baring Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK. She was the only researcher/academic amongst the group of 18. She spoke about the Ages and Stages projects and the Live Age Festival.
The purpose of the visit was to inspire and inform Japanese colleagues in the run-up to them hosting the 2020 Olympics alongside which they plan to have a Cultural Olympics featuring creativity in later life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description The Growth of the Live Age Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Making an Impact: the growth of the Live Age Festival. Paper presented at 45th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology: 'Communities in Later Life: Engaging with Diversity', Stirling University, July 6th-8th.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016