About Us

The Capital Age Festival is London’s Senior Arts Festival made by and with older people. The festival showcases and celebrates the creativity of older Londoners.

We honour older men at this year’s festival, but we’re not excluding older women! We want you all to get involved and enjoy the festival.

Portrait of a Man highlights the stories and talents of older men; including an exhibition exploring ideas about ‘maleness’, and a short-film by Tony Price, who taught himself digital filmmaking later in life. As Artistic Director of CAF I have been privileged to visit older people’s companies working across London, witnessing exceptional artistry and all the multitudinous ways in which the arts can enrich lives. But in short, the arts create avenues for friendships, communication and expression that we continue to need into our later life.

Enjoy CAF 2014 and the post-festival opportunities we have listed.

Susie Miller
Artistic Director

Events 2014

CAF 2014 LAUNCH EVENT

Entelechy’s Tea Dance Team is proud to host the launch of the 2014 Capital Age Festival, London’s senior arts festival. Join us for a mix of live music from resident swing band The Jive Five, comedy, dance, poetry and the short film Portrait of a Man by Tony Price which brings older men into focus.

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Listings 2014

Here are our events for this year's festival

Portrait of a Man

Photographic Exhibition (FREE)

A collaboration with Dave Lewis and Fiona Whitty, Portrait of a Man exhibition is the result of public engagement and photography based workshops with older men based in Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

Valuable contributions were formed into ideas and beliefs about ‘maleness’ and how this has changed over the past half-century. This exhibition aims to explore what it is to be a man today.

Date & Time

Friday 20 June - Thu 31 July, 9:00-17:00 daily

Venue

The View Tube, The Greenway, E15 2PJ

Booking

FREE

Contact

Follow our project documentation:
www.capitalagefestival.tumblr.com

CAF 2014 Launch

21st Century Tea Dance

Entelechy’s Tea Dance Team is proud to host the launch of the 2014 Capital Age Festival, London’s senior arts festival. Join us for a mix of live music from resident swing band The Jive Five, comedy, dance, poetry and the short film Portrait of a Man by Tony Price which brings older men into focus.

Date & Time

1 July, 13:00-15:00

Venue

The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG

Booking

£5

Contact

Tickets:
Box Office: 020 8692 4446
Book Online: www.thealbany.org.uk

Journeys: The End of the Line

Theatre Performance

London journeys made by the men of the 3rdthought company to the extent of their Freedom Passes.

A 1st Framework presentation. Written and directed by the company with Peter Avery.

Date & Time

Tue 1 July 19.30, Wed 2 July 14:30 & 19:30

Venue

The Electrician’s Shop, Orchard Place
Trinity Buoy Wharf, E14 0JY

Booking

Tickets: £9 / £7

Contact

Peter Avery, Artistic Director: 020 7922 7873
office@1stframework.org
www.1stframework.org
Facebook: 3rdthought Arts Collective


Celebrations of Older Men (1)

Drama Performance (FREE)

Spitalfields Writters and Third Age Drama Group presents this interactive performance, with material relating to the seven ages of man and general stories, anecdotes and sketches related to older men and expression, mainly written by over 60s group members.

Date & Time

Thur 3 July, 14:00

Venue

St Mary Magdalene Church, Munster Sq, NW1 3PL

Booking

FREE

Contact

020 7383 4922

No Dance! No Joy!

Dance Performance (FREE)

Creative Dance 60+ offers active older people open sessions each Wednesday at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham. We enjoy dancing together and promoting dance by volunteering in our performing group No Dance! No Joy! This piece choreographed by Molly Wright is a semi-improvised performance called All For One.

Date & Time

Sat 5 July, 15:30, 16:00, 16:00

Venue

Sparked Fun Palace, The View Tube, The Greenway, E15 2PJ

Booking

FREE

Contact

020 7820 6788
www.creativedance60.net

In the Garden

Creative Movement Workshop (FREE)

Entelechy Arts Ambient Jam Team bring their unique blend of gentle movement, relaxation, social dance and contact improvisation to the tranquil surroundings of the Garden Museum’s garden. The event is tailored to the needs of older people, their children and grandchildren. Entelechy’s creative team will be joined by ceramicist Kim Norton to support a multi-sensory exploration of the garden landscape.

Date & Time

Sun 6 July, 14:00 - 16:00

Venue

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB

Booking

FREE. Booking required

Contact

0208 694 9007
info@entelechyarts.org
Twitter: @EntelechyArts @SiobhanDavies
Facebook: Entelechy-Arts and siobhandaviesdance


Breathe Lunchtime Concert

Dance & Poetry (FREE)

Sage Dance Company push the boundaries of older people’s dance with their classic ballet and contemporary style. They are joined by Calypsonian performance poet, Alexander D Great who entertains us with satire, double-entendre and masquerade!

Breathe works in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to provide free weekly performances to enhance the healthcare environment for patients, staff, visitors and the local communities.

Date & Time

Mon 7 July,
13:00: SAGE Dance Company
13:45: Alexander D Great, Poet

Venue

Central Hall, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7EH

Booking

FREE

Contact

Breathe Arts Health Research: 07841 909528
info@breatheahr.org
Twitter: BreatheAHR
Facebook: BreatheAHR

Through the Lens

Film Screening (FREE)

A packed afternoon of films by and for older people, including Portrait of a Man, commissioned by CAF, made by Tony Price (Cast Iron Film Co). This short film captures Sage Dance Company, Counterpoint Dance Company, Singing for Breathing(Harefield Hospital) and Bolder Voices as they take their performances into a Pub, an office, an older people’s centre and a hospital.

Also featuring A Play in a Play by Tony Price, four short films that sing the politics of Age by Bolder Voices, Bin Ageism byMagic Me with the BFI, Oaklands School and Loud Minority, The Ganger and The Agent by Fiona Whitty and When I Grow Rich and A Tale of Hoxton Hall by The Senior Bee’s, The Building Exploratory and more!

Date & Time

Mon 7 July, 15:30 - 18:15

Venue

The Russet, Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

Booking

FREE. Booking required

Contact

020 7820 6788

Soapbox

Social Event (FREE)

Soapbox is a monthly social event at Tate Britain for ‘people near or beyond 60’. Each friendly and lively session is dedicated to debate and discussion on topical issues and current affairs. We look at the collection of artworks at Tate Britain, a way of enriching our conversation. Come and join a stimulating, friendly and lively group.

The theme of the session is following the festival theme of 'Older Men and Expression'.

Soapbox is a free monthly event, check Tate Britain for details: www.tate.org.uk

Date & Time

Weds July 9, 11:00 - 13:00

Venue

TATE Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Booking

FREE. Booking required

Contact

020 7887 8888
www.tate.org.uk


The Sundial Singers

Sung & Spoken Performance (FREE)

The Sundial Singers will perform a series of songs relating to older men and expression, interspersed with material spoken by Spitalfield Writters relating to the seven ages of man. The audience will be invited to join in some of the singing and sketches.

Date & Time

Thur 10 July, 11:00

Venue

Sundial Centre, 11 Shipton St, E2 7RU

Contact

Stanton Lafoucade:
020 7021 4137
Stanton.lafoucade@peabody.org.uk

Sagacity

Two days of dance participation and performance (FREE)

Thu 10 July, 10:30 - 16:30:
Choose between different 1hr dance and exercise taster sessions!
(Booking recommended)

10:30 - 11:30:
Lindy Hop or Contemporary

11:45 - 12:45:
Tap or Triple X! - eXercise, eXtend, eXhilerate (men only)

13:00 - 14:00:
FREE Lunch for taster session participants

14:00 - 15:00:
Seated Dance or Ballet

14:00 - 16:30:
Activity Gala. Take part in a variety of activities including craftwork, massage, arts and table games. No booking necessary.

Fri 11 July, 18:00 - 20:00:
A Gala performance by London’s best and most dynamic older people’s community dance groups in the beautiful theatre at Oxford House. Montage Theatre Arts also present their two companies of older artists, Performance Lab perform Shed and the Supertroupers dance to Ella’s TOP HAT, directed by Judy Gordon.
(Booking required)

Date & Time

Thur 10 & Fri 11 July (All events FREE)

Venue

Oxford House, Bethnal Green, E2 6HG

Booking

FREE. Booking recommended

Contact

Chantal Bardouille:
chantal@greencandledance.com
0207 739 7722
www.greencandledance.com
Twitter: GCDanceCompany
Facebook: greencandle.dance

Celebrations of Older Men (2)

Drama & Writing workshop (FREE)

An interactive performance about the seven ages of man in the form of stories, anecdotes and sketches related to older men and expression, mainly written by an over 60s group, the Spitalfields Writters.

You can also have a scribble with us at our short writing workshop to give a flavour of what we do. No experience necessary, all welcome.

Date & Time

Thur 10 July, 14:00

Venue

Wellbeing Centre, Toynbee Hall,
28 Commercial Street, E1 6LS

Booking

FREE

Contact

Dave Barnard:
020 7247 6943
dave.barnard@toynbeehall.org.uk
www.toynbeehall.org.uk


Monsieur Verdoux

Film Screening (FREE)

Waltham Forest libraries celebrate this year’s festival theme Portrait of a Man, with a Q&A session following an initial talk and screening of this 1947 black comedy. “Von Clausewitz said that war is the logical extension of diplomacy; Monsieur Verdoux feels that murder is the logical extension of business.” With his controversial “comedy of murders” Monsieur Verdoux, Charles Chaplin makes his final, definitive break with the Little Tramp character that had brought him fame and fortune. Verdoux (Chaplin), a mild-mannered family man of pre-war France, has hit upon a novel method of supporting his loved ones.

Directed By Charles Chaplin
Written By Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin

Date & Time

Tue 15 July, 15:00 - 17:30

Venue

North Chingford Library, Chingford, E4 7EN

Booking

FREE. Booking recommended

Contact

librarypromotions@walthamforest.gov.uk
020 8496 3000
www.monsieurverdoux.eventbrite.co.uk
Twitter: @WFlibs

Post-Festival Events

The Sparked Fun Palace

Part of a national programme, The Sparked Fun Palace is an installation celebrating the ideas of Joan Littlewood’s Fun Palace “a university of the street” and Caroline Bird’s poem, ‘The Fun Palace’ commissioned by The Legacy List, the charity for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Date & Time

27 Mar 2014 - 15 Jan 2015

Venue

The View Tube, The Greenway E15 2PJ

Booking

All events are FREE, some need to be booked in advance

Contact

For more events happening throughout the year, visit: www.theviewtube.co.uk.









The Fun Palace Weekend

Join us on Saturday for Art activities, performance, clowns, donkeys, races, games and stilt walkers. Followed by the Sunday when we celebrate ‘Silver Sunday’, a national older people’s day with performances, arts activities and music for all ages! Programmed by the Capital Age Festival, including A Dance A Day from Dorset, Activate Performing Arts.

Date & Time

Sat 4 & Sun 5 October, 11:00-15:00

Venue

The View Tube, The Greenway E15 2PJ

Booking

FREE

Contact

For more events happening throughout the year, visit: www.theviewtube.co.uk

Comedy & Physical Theatre

Learn to play with simple ideas to create a short comedy act for the Fun Palace Variety Show. Suitable for 15 years+

Date & Time

Sat 15 November, 11:00-15:00

Venue

The View Tube, The Greenway E15 2PJ

Booking

FREE. Booking required: 07459 274 544

Contact

For more events happening throughout the year, visit: www.theviewtube.co.uk.

The Sparked Fun Palace Variety Show!

A good old knees up, music, comedy and poetry from past participants, artists and groups. If you would like to perform please get in touch.

Date & Time

Sat 13 December, 15:00

Venue

The View Tube, The Greenway E15 2PJ

Contact

sparkedfunpalace@gmail.com
07459 274 544
@Sparkedfunpal #funpalaces
www.funpalaces.co.uk


Breathe Magic into Stroke Rehab

Breathe Magic is an innovative, fun and effective way of using magic to improve physical and mental health. Magic Circle magicians and occupational therapists will be teaching magic tricks that incorporate therapeutic exercises needed to develop hand/arm skills for adult stroke survivors. Additional performance techniques will be taught to improve communication skills and to enhance emotional wellbeing. Priority given to Newham Stroke Club Members.

Date & Time

Mon 8 and Wed 10 September, 14:00-16:00

Venue

Katherine Road Community Centre
254 Katherine Road, E7 8PN

Booking

FREE. Booking required

Contact

020 3290 2013
info@breatheahr.org
https://www.facebook.com/BreatheAHR
https://twitter.com/BreatheAHR

Humourisk

Comedy writing and performing workshops

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.” Peter Ustinov

Devise, write and perform your own material in a safe, friendly environment. This is an intergenerational project for 17 - 80 years+! Priority for local residents.

Date & Time

11:00-15:00, on the following dates:
Mon 28 & Tue 29 July, Thu 31 & Fri 1 August
Mon 4 & Tue 5 August, Thur 7 & Fri 8 August

Fri 8 August: Performance sharing

There is also the opportunity to perform at the Sparked Fun Palace Variety Show on Sat 13 December 3pm at The View Tube, E15

Venue

Advice Centre, Christ Church, Thames View Bastable Avenue, Barking, IG11 0NG

Contact

info@capitalagefestival.co.uk
07459 274 544


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Contact

GENERAL ENQUIRES

020 7820 6788
www.capitalagefestival.org.uk
info@capitalagefestival.org.uk

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Capital Age Festival
1st Floor
21 St. Georges Road
London SE1 6ES

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Susie Miller
020 7820 6788

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Capital Age Festival (2002) Limited is a registered charity (charity no. 1145294) and a company limited by guarantee (company no. 05369704).