Ages and stages research project at Keele

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Posted on 26 May 2011

Researchers at Keele University are looking for people who were interviewed for the Victoria Theatre's famous social documentaries or docudramas.

Anyone interviewed for one of the productions, such as Fight for Shelton Bar! The Dirty Hill and I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire!, and who would like to take part in a major local project is asked to contact Ages and Stages Researcher, Michelle Rickett, on 01782 733846, or e-mail
The researchers have been working with the New Vic Theatre Education Department, the Victoria Theatre Archive and older people living in North Staffordshire in a unique study into ageing that will lead to a new theatre documentary and exhibition.

The Ages and Stages research team have spent the last 18 months analysing material at the Victoria Theatre Collection, housed at Staffordshire University, and interviewing older people who have been involved with the New Vic's work. In the final year of the project, they will work with the New Vic Youth Theatre and older people to create a social documentary performance and an exhibition based on the research, which will take place at the New Vic Theatre in July 2012 and will also be toured round local schools and community centres.