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Magic Me present: Decorum

Magic me, poplar union, east London, workshops, elderly, decorum, community
Magic me, poplar union, east London, workshops, elderly, decorum, community

This autumn, Magic Me will be partnering with Poplar Union to offer free open workshops on the theme of decorum. If you identify as female, are over 55, live in East London and have an opinion and something to say – get involved!

About the workshops

11.30am – 12.30pm – Writing ‘manners manifestos’ with Paula
1.30pm – 2.30pm – Workshop with Sue looking at etiquette for women of the 21st century

In these workshops, we will share the behaviour we have been taught, what we have inherited and the rules we either obey or refuse to follow.

Join us as we ask:

  • What are the issues for 21st Century women?
  • What is ‘etiquette’ today?
  • Who decides what good behaviour is?

Led by professional artists, Sue & Paula, this workshop will stimulate conversation and creative responses to the theme of ‘decorum’. Magic Me are looking to bring forward the voices of women living in East London through storytelling, movement, drama and writing.

About the Facilitators

Sue Mayo

Sue Mayo is a  theatre maker and researcher. She specialises in devising theatre with community groups. She has a long association with Magic me, and has led theri women-only intergenerational work for 14 years.She has also worked recently also with LIFT, Phakama, The Royal Albert Hall and Ovalhouse She is currently working on three cross-art form projects loosely clustered around the theme of gratitude.

Sue directs the MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s, University of London. She is co-author, with Susan Langford, of ‘Sharing the Experience’, a handbook on inter-generational arts projects (2001), and of ‘Detail & Daring: the art and craft of intergenerational work (2010).

Paula Varjak

Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. Trained in stage management, filmmaking and performance, she enjoys working across and combining disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word. She has performed at numerous arts festivals and cultural spaces including: Glastonbury Festival, Berlin International Literature Festival, Vault Festival, Chelsea Theatre, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Richmix, Wilton’s Music Hall, Battersea Arts Centre, The Southbank Centre, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Musicbox Lisbon, Es Balluard Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Photographer’s Gallery. She is the creator of the Anti-Slam a satirical take on Poetry Slams where the lowest score wins. In addition to performing and producing events, she facilitates workshops with a wide range of age groups, using writing prompts and drama games to unblock creativity.

About Magic Me

Magic Me is the UK’s leading provider of intergenerational arts projects. An award winning charity with over 25 years of experience Magic Me brings the generations together to build a stronger, safer, friendlier community.

Every year, Magic Me partner with schools, older people’s organisations, care homes, museums and cultural organisations to run arts projects enabling young and old to meet and share creative activity.