Risky Things visits community centres where older citizens meet, to facilitate knowledge-sharing ‘talking shops’.
Performances by our actors, sometimes with local volunteers, encourage debate by presenting different points of view. Younger community groups may be present to have a dialogue. Events can also raise awareness amongst staff who provide back-up information and ongoing support.
Detailed preparation allows us to create projects to achieve specific communication goals, such as safeguarding, or inter-generational cohesion.
'Acting Troupe' Training
Local adults in Kirlklees took part in a 3 month training by Risky Things at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, to perform interactive, forum theatre.
The course included scripted and improvised approaches and taught facilitating skills for supporting audience interaction. These volunteers are now able to perform alongside RT actors in safeguarding projects.
To set up a similar project in your area please contact us.
Safeguarding for Older People
Live interactive performances
Scenarios devised with Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board highlight relevant problems such as relatives taking financial control, neglectful carers, the challenges of dementia. Audiences were invited to debate the views of each character, and could take over a role and show, by re-enacting the scene, how they might manage better. Performances took place in community venues such as care homes in Kirklees. Scenarios can be performed by Risky Things actors or by local volunteers.
To mark ‘Elder abuse day’, an audio recording of older people’s views has been edited into a CD to publicise the issue in Kirklees. The interviewees define abuse and consider what can be done to prevent or deal with it.
'Playing Safe' DVD
A DVD of short films has been developed from the Kirklees scenarios, with new material. This is licensed for use in West Yorkshire by carers, those requiring care, and staff trainers. It includes three 'stories to set you thinking...' about how to handle sexual abuse (assessment and reporting), neglect in the home, and financial abuse.
A 6 month project with Meanwood Elders in Leeds used storytelling and drama improvisation in small workshop groups to bring older citizens and young people in the area together. Aiming to break down predjudice (fear) and foster understanding, the workshops culminated in 2 interactive performances, when debate was lively on issues that concerned both groups.
To find out more about our work with Older Citizens or discuss a project please contact us.