Project information

OPEN DAY: Drama and Poetry Workshops JUNE 2012

THE OPEN DAY is the charity's annual Drama and Poetry Event.
Working with professional actors, and a stage director, FIVE new plays will be rehearsed.
A poetry anthology AD LIB will be launched with a LIVE POETRY performance.
All the works on offer produced by Over 50s/Senior Citizens.

June 2012 - June 2012

Charity information: Rising Brook Writers

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  • Need


    Live Poetry Performances in this area are unheard of. Live Poetry for SENIOR CITIZENS non-existent, without RBW none of these writers could publish or perform their work in a comfortable atmosphere suitable for senior citizens (some are in their 90s).

    Stage Writing: the drama event is designed to show writers how written work is transformed by professional actors and stage directors. RBW is the only writers' group for senior citizens in this area.


    RBW creates opportunities for vulnerable people where none were there before.

    RBW bridges the gap between elderly writers sitting at home alone and being supported in the real world. This is real achievement. RBW boosts self-confidence.

    RBW produces high quality, recordable outcomes in our publications and audio tracks. Our events are photographed and videoed.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To stage a LIVE POETRY PERFORMANCE during OPEN DAY 2012


    » Staging a LIVE POETRY PERFORMANCE by Over 50s/Senior Citizens who have submitted their works to the AD LIB poetry anthology

    Success will be... measured by how many Over 50s take part. Performers will be photoed and videoed. Graphics will be uploaded on to our websites and Facebook page.

    Aim 2

    To stage an all day DRAMA workshop for FIVE new RBW plays with professional actors & a director


    » To stage an all day DRAMA workshop for FIVE new RBW plays with professional actors & a director during the Open Day at the Gatehouse Theatre

    Success will be... measured by feedback from the Over 50s taking part. Performances will be photoed and videoed. Graphics will be uploaded on to our websites and Facebook page.

  • Impact


    LONG TERM - 2011 will mark our fourth such event. This is the high spot of our year. As a confidence builder this is a wonderful event.

    Last year all the play rehearsals went up on YOUTUBE and one play script was grabbed by an AMDRAM group and will be put on this Xmas.

    The poetry anthology started three years ago with 14 poets. By 2010 it was 26 poets taking part. Ages range from 51 to 94yrs.

    No-one else does what we do in this area. ALL we do is FREE for those taking part.


    Risks are minimal. The poetry book will have been printed by April. So it only needs readers. If someone is poorly then someone else reads for them.

    The actors have worked with us previously and they are sent the scripts weeks in advance so they have time to work on the material before the actual event.


    All graphics and video are uploaded on to our websites.

    We provide space for donor's banners in the workshop area. Donors are very welcome to come & spend the day with us - we'd love it

    We have feedback forms for all our events.

    We can provide an evaluation report if so required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Poetry Book Publishing anthology
      £150 Venue Hire Booking workshop (Gatehouse Theatre)
      £600 Actors Fees: Two Actors & Director & Writing Coach
      £150 Travel etc Travel/Parking/Photocopying/Insurance contribution/refreshments
  • Background




    Over 50s - SENIOR CITIZENS.

    Stafford - area of high unemployment & overly large number of senior citizens per head of population.

    The majority of people RBW works with live in sheltered accommodation

    RBW operates online service for the housebound. Service users include: full time Carers/dyslexics/the mentally & physically disabled/people living alone in sheltered accommodation

    RBW projects are recorded as MP3 tracks - donated to Hospital Radio & Blind Talking Newsletter

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RBW is a unique niche service provider.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Price

    John Price is the current RBW Chairperson John is a semi-retired lecturer working in adult education

New playwrights with certificates

New playwrights with certificates


will pay for one third of the venue hire fees