Mel Cantwell

The Elders Project creative development | 2 - 6 May, 2016

Acknowledging a lack of generational respect in contemporary culture for the wisdom of our aged, The Elders Project is intended to offer an opportunity to learn from a variety of individuals about the value of honouring and recognising our elders as a vast intellectual and emotional resource.  Framed by the telling of personal stories in performance, The Elders Project taps into the wisdom, humour and diversity of a group of West Australian senior citizens to offer an intimate audience experience and storytelling encounter that functions like a Q & A, without boundaries.

Audience members will have access to a cast of surrogate grandparents for an hour of dialogue. Directed by Mel Cantwell, The Elders Project features Actor and writer Irma Woods who will host the Q & A exchange. Irma’s dynamic presence and personality will provide a bridge between the audience and the elders.

This development process will involve a series of storytelling workshops for the participants in April, with leading Perth actress Andrea Gibbs. The creative development process will culminate in two intimate showings for invited guests on May 5 at Fremantle Arts Centre and May 6 at PICA.

  • Director
    Melissa Cantwell

    Louisa Pestell

    Production and Stage Manager
    Hugo Lopez

    Scenic Designer
    Zoe Atkinson

    Workshop leader / Assistant Director
    Andrea Gibbs

    Irma Woods

    Lighting Designer
    Chris Donnelly

    Sound Designer
    Rachael Dease

  • Dates

    2 – 6 May

  • Location

    PICA Performance Space