‘Hearts & Minds’ is an intergenerational project that brings together older and younger people to create original music theatre. The programme involves:
- Over 55s creating touring shows and workshops aimed at younger people.
- Collaborative intergenerational performances to a community audience.
- Using creativity as a vehicle to improve health and wellbeing.
Our participants develop a range of skills including:
- Music composition
- Lyric writing
- Creative writing
Our mission is to provide a platform for older and younger people to creatively express themselves, learn new skills on an equal footing and build connections between the generations.
“What a fabulous performance, I was moved to tears. I just loved it and in awe of everything you do.”
Judith Troisieme, Manchester Camerata
“It’s helped me to think about what more we could do for younger people.”
“Hearts & Minds uses creativity to bring people together.”
Angela Wild, Tameside Public Health
“Anything I’m asked to do I would probably have a go at now!”
“The music helps my memory tremendously and the drama helps my co-ordination and that has been a big lift for me.”
“You get to know people because you’re expressing your opinions all the time.”
Jean & Barry, Participants
“Everybody’s ideas are important. As a group we listen, we question, everyone contributes something and feels part of the group.”
“It’s given me a lot of confidence and also made me more calm and less worried about life in general.”
“Hearts & Minds provides an opportunity for people who would not normally access the arts to use creativity as a way of expressing themselves and making connections with others.”
Joyce Booth, the Stroke Association