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Rada Elders Company: The Word

December 16, 2016

Neighbour RADA elders The Word

Designed by Alison Neighbour
Directed by Vivan Munn

The RADA Elders Company present The Word.

Suburban London. A street with houses, flats, a church and a doctor’s surgery.

Eva finds that she is having problems with her words: they are replaced, or they won’t come. Concerns about a stroke or dementia are forgotten when she speaks to others in the street and they find they have the same problem.

How will they be cured? By the priest or by the doctor?

The Word is about illness and cure, and about our own relationship with the words we use, and how they affect our identity.

RADA has a resident theatre company for people over the age of 60. The Elders Company meets weekly for a year (January – December) during term time. The Company gains various workshops from RADA Tutors, developing dramatic skills and abilities. They also work with a comissioned writer and stage a production in one of RADA’s theatres in December.

The RADA Elders Company is not for professional actors. It is a community initiative designed for people who are interested in developing drama skills in their retirement.

Auditions are held annually, and actors commit to a regular rehearsal slot and an annual production.

We also offer monthly one-off workshops for those who want to gain a sense of what the programme is about or cannot commit to our main Company. Each workshop is based on a different topic from singing to Shakespeare.

For more information on the Elders project, please contact caryswilliams@rada.ac.uk.

This initiative is kindly supported by ICAP.


Gower Street
London, WC1E 6ED United Kingdom
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