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Vintage Years - Greenwich Theatre Production

Greenwich Theatre is hosting a ground-breaking evening of older people's artistry and creativity.

Labyrinth, which is being held on March 11, is a celebration of age, experience and ambition and is organised by south-east London charity, Montage Theatre Arts and Greenwich Theatre.

The event is born out of the innovative partnership between these two organisations which, following a pilot programme, has gone on to raise the profile and awareness of quality artistic practice with older people.

A highlight of the evening will be the Arts Council England funded work Shed, directed and choreographed by Montage's Artistic Director, Judy Gordon.

"I made this dance theatre piece as a celebration of women and men, together and apart", explained Judy Gordon, "It tells the personal stories of twelve extraordinary and ordinary women who have created a unique portrait of where the men in our lives go. The humour is sharp and cutting, generous and warm, and the unseen men are drawn with affection."

This is the second outing for Shed, which has also been performed as part of the Elixir Festival at Sadler's Wells and an adapted performance formed part of the Southbank Centre's Pragma Weekend, directed by Mem Morrison.

Gordon continued: "As these women sing, dance and tell their stories to music, you will be carried along with them. Shed has Ella Fitzgerald, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington and a bit of music hall thrown in. I have loved every minute of creating this dance. And here's to the men in their sheds – may they come out and join the dance too!"

The event will also include performances of 3rdThought's Invisible People and 3 Gymnopedies, a solo piece by the Green Candle Dance Company's Fergus Early.

3rdThought is 1st Framework's over 60s theatre company and they will present a version of their piece, Invisible People, which is usually performed at festivals where people have a one-to-one with a performer, covering anything from a poem, joke, magic trick or piece of theatre.

With over 25 years' experience delivering dance to the community, Green Candle Dance Company is one of the UK's leading dance companies known for the high quality and originality of its work involving both young and older people with and without disabilities. Fergus Early, Artistic Director of Green Candle, will be performing 3 Gymnopedies nearly 40 years after he created it at the iconic X6 Dance Space.

The evening will begin with live performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance students, and will end with a questions and answers session with representatives from the companies talking about the work and the challenges involved.

Tickets are available at at the box office (020 8858 7755) or at www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk

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