Gotta Stay At Gran’s For A Week
10-year-old Sam has just been told by his parents that they have a real treat planned for him for the half-term school holidays, “a theme park? Off to the seaside? A trip to the international space station?”
“No love,” replies his mother. “You’re off to stay with your Grandma for a week.”
This isn’t good news for Sam. He thinks he’s going to spend the week ‘picking fluff of Werther’s Originals’, but his Gran isn’t quite as boring as Sam thinks. Through the week, Grandma takes Sam on daily trips to meet her closest friends (played by the over 65s Hearts & Minds Theatre Company).
Sample music track – Let’s Not Turn A Blind Eye
First of all we meet Rita, the glamorous assistant of a famous escape artist! Next is Pat, the former manager of a fabulous fairground attraction. Then there’s Jean & Barry, experts in martial arts, “you wouldn’t mess with them!”. And finally Walter, a drummer that toured stadiums around the world. Throughout these extraordinary meetings, Sam discovers that there’s more to older people than first meets the eye.
‘Gotta Stay At Gran’s For A Week’ was created and performed by over 65s theatre company Hearts & Minds, who specialise in making work for children. The show toured many primary schools throughout Greater Manchester and was performed at a variety of NHS conferences championing theatre and the arts to improve health and wellbeing in older age. The cast were also invited to record the show’s main song ‘Let’s Not Turn a Blind Eye’ at Black Dog Studios in Manchester.