Elderly talked about retirement in a devising theatre
“Work means worth. Old NEET not wanted!” said the protagonist. However, the good show brought by a group of 50+ elderly refuted the statement and proved that retired life can be meaningful.
The first stage performance of “Plan & Go” Active Ageing Programme was a collaborative effort by a group of retirees who aged 50 or above. The elderly learnt about devising theatre, created the storyline by incorporating real life experience, and acted out their own retirement story. For example, Master Shing gave up his job to take better care of the senior at home; Sam was sick yet his family questioned his decision of retirement; Wendy prompted family crisis while pursuing her goal, etc.
Other than actualising their potentials, the participants also wanted the public to have a better understanding of retirement, and encouraged young-olds to enjoy their silver age. One of the actors claimed himself a shy person but proved that he could act. The four performances attracted around 300 audience. One of them who had just quitted his job shared similar feelings with the protagonists. Others were thankful as the play was full of insights into retirement.
The Association launched continuing education for elderly in 2003. More and more programmes and activities are now available for young-olds and retirees, wishing to provide them a rewarding life after retirement. For enquiries, please contact YWCA Jockey Club Y Evergreen Learning Centre at 2700 1600.