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Performing Seven Ages of Man with people suffering from stroke

Invitation to support
People with Disabilities 
Performance at the Chelsea
World’s End Theatre,
Sunday, 28 July @ 7 pm

Pro Art worked with a group of people from the Stroke Association from North Kensington preparing them for the performance “Seven Ages of Man” by Shakespeare, organised by the Capable Communities organisation from RBKC. In essence this was about having six performances developed in different disability organisations. It was an inspirational and outstanding experience for us and we were awarded with equally moving and encouraging respond from the stroke group people.  The performers, many of them newcomers to the stage, will bring the seven ages to life through their own experience of overcoming disability on a daily basis and within this they will present powerful performances, using a variety of art forms , assisted by professional artists and art groups, like us.

 Venue: Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, London SW10 0DR, @ 7pm            Tickets:£8 concession £6.50

The central idea from which the artistic vision of each activity would be drawn is that: ‘Everyone has a disability and that it is the responsibility of those that don’t recognise this to learn from those that do.’  This places the person who has been given the label of ‘disabled’ in the role of a teacher / mentor and they would seek to get this message across through the arts. To achieve this outcome we recommended an exploration through different artistic mediums of Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man speech, otherwise known as All the Worlds a Stage from As You Like it.

Stories which each art organisation developed with those with disabilities are” 

The Infant (Pro Art)

The Whining Schoolboy

The Lover

The Soldier

The Justice

The Slippered Pantaloon

The Second Childishness

Each “Age”  will use some of the arts: music, drama, circus and street dance, monologue, Classical dance, mime and will accumulate in all these stages together at the last Age of Man (celebration of man’s life).

Infancy is an early human responding to the environment. From their birth, babies react on the outside world with the only possible means: touch, smell and taste, vision and sound.  Sound is probably the most important, it’s a mother’s voice that baby first hear. To explore babies emotional response to mother’s voice is also through singing lullabies.  Babies and toddlers react to music and start recognising melodies and rhymes. This is a beginning of socialising and babies-parents-families interactive communication and playing time. Infants’ interactive communication with their environment is in discovering use of the objects in their surroundings by learning new “skills”.  This stage is an introduction to the creative part of human development and individualisation like use of home made instruments, pots, pans, glasses etc.  At Infant stage man learns to use his or hers abilities to play, sing, communicate and create – this is the most adventurous stage in human life and releases enormous energy and curiosity, fearless trying of the new things – YES I CAN DO IT is the leading sound in infancy.