Leeds Beckett staff and students' showcase work at Edinburgh Festival
The main event featured a number of pop-up performances, including a theatre show entitled ‘Talkin ‘Bout My Generation’ created by the company CINAGE: Live. The company is a group of senior students over the age of 65, under the direction of Principal Lecturer Teresa Brayshaw.
When talking about the piece, Teresa said: “What has given me the greatest sense of pleasure has been the resilience and openness of the CINAGE: Live group.”
The show combines academic enquiry with reflection, performance and song, giving a voice to a diverse group of older people.
Head of Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett and live artist Oliver Bray also took part in the showcase, presenting ‘Ursonate: Post Truth’ which incorporated texts from politicians such as Donald Trump and Theresa May.
The invitation to attend the festival came through The Richard Demarco Archive. Demarco has personal links with the university, having been awarded an honorary degree in 2016.
Oliver said: “Our relationship with Richard Demarco goes back a great many years and I’m always delighted to find the connections between his considerable archive and the ground-breaking work of our staff and students.”
The work that showcased at the Edinburgh Festival was a small sample of material that is created and inspired by Richard Demarco’s expertise.
You can watch a short film about CINAGE: Live here.