Projects for the groups are bespoke and run from 3 months of weekly sessions to 24 months creating a larger theatre piece.
The groups are led by older people who make all the key decisions about what they do. JaZanne Arts directors support by running training sessions and overseeing all aspects of the productions, from marketing to stage management, directing and design and helping group members to create theatre of artistic excellence that they will be proud of.
All projects for the groups aim to receive grant funding. Members can give voluntary donations to help cover some basic costs, but do not pay for JaZanne Arts artists. JaZanne Arts supports the groups to apply for funding or does so on their behalf.
JaZanne Arts directors will ensure the smooth running of the projects. At least one of the directors plus other experienced arts facilitators will deliver the training sessions and production support.
This group of African Caribbean older people are based in the London Borough of Newham and meet at Barking Road Community Centre. They perform and direct their own plays about the Caribbean experience.
After recognising the social and health benefits of creative activity such as theatre, they set their ambition to create a regular class to help other over 50s benefit from the arts.
This group of diverse disabled and non-disabled older people aged 70-90+ write and perform their own plays.
They have come from Face Front Inclusive Theatre’s inter-generational group and were brought together by JaZanne Arts in order to specialize in creating work that challenges and expresses the experience of older people.
They form the core advisory group for JaZanne and are regular volunteers in all JaZanne Arts activities.
The Dream Team are based in Enfield and meet at Face Front Inclusive Theatre in Edmonton Green.