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Freie Werkstatt Theater: Althentheatre Older Adult Theatre Ensemble (Germany)

Altentheater in Cologne, Germany, started in 1979 as one of the earliest theater groups for older people in Europe. It is part of the Freie Werkstatt Theater, a professional company that performs literary works and works that involve performers of all ages.

The actor-members of the Altentheater, who are usually in their mid-60s to mid-90s, co-create productions based on their personal histories. They tour all over Germany and beyond to perform for audiences of all ages. Members have built strong ties with one another; for some, Altentheater is a second family.

Leeds Playhouse Supports Theater Initiatives by and for Older Adults in the U.K.

The U.K.-based theatre organization, Leeds Playhouse, developed and supports two theater initiatives by and for older adults; one a peer-led group and the other a professionally-led company.

The Feeling Good Theater Company creates and tours original productions to local communities, festivals and conferences. The group’s goals are: “to challenge stereotypes and share positive stories of ageing, reflecting the experiences of  older people.”

The Performance Ensemble is a company of older performers with a range of theatrical experience and from diverse cultural traditions. With a professional director they create “high quality contemporary performances with people over 60, from their own life experiences, hopes, and fears, for audiences of all ages.”

Glorious Age: Entelechy Arts’ Older Adult Theatre Company (U.K.)

Entelechy Arts Older Adult Drama Group, “Glorious Age” in South East London (UK) was formed nearly two decades ago by a group of older people living in South East London who discovered that they shared an interest in theater. With support from a local art center, Entelechy Arts, they focused on creating performances in public spaces about “the many stories that go unheard, the many lives that are unrecognized.”

One of the Group’s earliest productions was “Bed,” a street performance designed to “make a statement about the invisibility they felt when going about their lives in public places.” Bed toured shopping centers, festivals, high streets and conferences around the UK. In 2018, actors from the Saitama Arts Theater in Japan performed Bed at the World Gold Theater Festival in Tokyo. A new partnership between Glorious Age and Okayama, Japan-based theater company, OiBokkeShi, was recently announced. It has helped to raise new questions about what “theater” is, and where and how it should occur.