Date: 24th and 25th June 2019
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: National Library Board (NLB) Building
Basement 1, Multi-Purpose Room
100 Victoria Street
Maximum in-take: 25 pax
Participants who are interested in the creative use of archival materials, oral history and objects through art and the theatre to engage the community, particularly artists and dramatists to work with the growing population of elderly in society. As this is a highly interactive and experiential workshop, participants will be required to bring along some of their personal archival materials such as photographs and documents of their growing up years and/or adult life.
Synopsis of Workshop
This hands-on two-day workshop provides a theoretical and practical framework on the use of archives, oral history and objects in interpretive art and the dramatization of life stories. Participants will learn how to create and curate memory boxes from their personal archives and oral history interviews with the aid of craft materials. Participants will also learn how to dramatize the “stories” recorded and utilise them in performance to and with older people.
About the Trainer
Pam Schweitzer is the Founder of Age Exchange Theatre, the European Remeiniscence Network and the Reminiscence Theatre Archive, at the University of Greenwich, UK. She is a writer, theatre director, trainer and lecturer. Following many years teaching and writing about Theatre in Education and Educational Drama, she became fascinated by Reminiscence and Oral History. She has devoted the last 30 years to recording and preserving for posterity the memories of older people on key themes in the social history of the 20th century. From these recordings, she has created and directed 30 professional theatre productions, which have toured in the UK and internationally. In the course of her work, she has started many projects involving intergenerational and inter-cultural sharing where the young, the artists and the dramatists work alongside individual older people to create Reminiscence Theatre around their life experience.
In 2000, Pam was awarded the British MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services in reminiscence work. Presently, she is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Humanities Department of the University of Greenwich, London.