Octagon launches new opportunities for over 50s

Octagon launches new opportunities for over 50s

We are thrilled to launch a new opportunity for over 50s in Bolton to get involved in activities from home, including a brand new Theatre Club

ReAct, a project for over 50s funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, was due to launch this spring. Due to essential social distancing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 this has not been possible, however we are creating new ways for those over 50 in Bolton to connect, stay creative and improve wellbeing in this time of social distancing.

ReAct Theatre Club is an online opportunity to watch and read theatre, then take part in fun, informal discussions about it. Plays will be announced every Wednesday, with discussions taking place the following Wednesday from 2- 4pm over Zoom. The first discussion will be on Wed 29 April, exploring Flowers for Mrs Harris, which won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical. It was performed at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018 where it was filmed so you can watch it from the comfort of your own home. 

For those who would like to get involved email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk to book your place (places are limited so booking is essential). Also available will be a guide to using Zoom for people who are new to it.

Other opportunities as part of the project include creative challenges and the chance to make your voice heard. The Octagon have set up a new Facebook group to stay in touch which is open to anyone aged over 50 in and around Bolton.

To find out more and to join the group visit facebook.com/groups/OctagonReAct/

Caitlin Gleeson, project manager for ReAct comments “At this time of social distancing staying connected with each other and especially older people in our communities is more important than ever. The effects of loneliness and isolation can be devastating. Since launching the scheme as planned in March became an impossibility we have been finding new ways to engage with people and inspire creativity and improve wellbeing. We are thrilled to be launching the Theatre Club alongside the Facebook group to begin this journey to connect and boost creativity at home whilst we cannot be together. We will also be working in consultation with the group to launch new opportunities in the coming weeks and months.”

The project is part of the ongoing activity we are producing to keep audiences engaged and entertained from afar during this period of social distancing including virtual storytelling sessions. 

Visit Octagon Online to find out more

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