A Time To Remember (1995)

An examination of the impact on older people from eight countries of participating in reminiscence theatre

By Pam Schweitzer

In October 1995, the European Reminiscence Network, then based at Age Exchange in London, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II with an international festival of older people’s theatre entitled “A TIME TO REMEMBER”. Nine groups participated in the event, all of them creating a new piece of theatre for the occasion with the assistance of professional theatre directors in each country. In all cases, the plays were built from the reminiscences and personal experiences of the participants.

At the end of the Festival we conducted a survey of the groups to evaluate their experience of creating theatre about their lives and sharing their shows with national and international audiences.  The article attached brings together the findings of this survey.

This is a short summary of this festival. The full version is available at the Reminiscence Theatre Archive.

Photo:Theatre group from Athens perform at "A Time To Remember' Festival

Theatre group from Athens perform at "A Time To Remember' Festival

Rado Klose

Photo:Taiwan elders at the 'Time To Remember' Festival 1985

Taiwan elders at the 'Time To Remember' Festival 1985

Rado Klose

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A survey of older people's reminiscence theatre groups participating in a festival marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II

This page was added by Pam Schweitzer on 02/05/2013.