Golden Age at Nottingham Playhouse

Golden Age is a programme that has been running for nearly a year now at the Playhouse and  offers different courses each term. It was created by the Playhouse Associate Director, who felt there was a need for more social and informative activities at the Playhouse as part of outreach and participation initiatives. This term the Playhouse will be offering a local history course, a dance and movement class and also a reader’s/discussion group. In a relaxed and social setting, Golden Age is the chance for people over 60 to take a variety of short, creative courses in all kinds of subjects, from art and local history to dance and creative writing. Being part of Golden Age entitles you to exclusive complimentary social events, including talks with creative team members and backstage explorations at the Playhouse.

DATES AND TIMES – The group will meet Wednesdays from 13 January to 23 March, with courses taking place at 11am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3pm. (excluding 17 Feb). People meet in the Upper Foyer of the Playhouse they will then receive a complimentary tea or coffee.

BOOKING – Prices: £6.00 per session, or £5.00 if booking more than 5 sessions in one go. To book a place in any of the Golden Age Sessions please call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or visit in person.

READERS’ GROUPS – 11AM – 12:30PM – A chance to explore some of the greatest plays ever written, in a friendly, sociable group. The group will be looking at key scenes, exploring the lives of the characters and how the writer creates the setting and the plot. This Spring the theme is THE RULING CLASS and NOT THE RULING CLASS and the group will be discussing comedies and tragedies that portray the clash of the social classes. Exploring the plight of ‘outsiders’ trying to enter privileged worlds and the struggle between power, wealth and poverty.

EASY VIRTUE – by Noel Coward (13, 20 & 27 January 2016)
MEDEA – by Euripides (3 & 10 February 2016)

ROAD – by Jim Cartwright (24 February, 2 & 9 March 2016)
PIGMAILON – by George Bernard Shaw (16 & 23 March 2016)

Each session stands alone and can be booked separately.

DANCE – 1.30 – 3PM – The session is designed to get people creating and to enhance movement skills and encourage confidence and fitness. Relaxed environment where laughter is a must and all mainstream dance styles covered. Dance is a fun class aimed at all levels of experience. Led by Sara Lim Smith. A professional dancer and choreographer who trained at The London Contemporary Dance School and London Studio Centre. Sara’s credits include Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Drury Lane West End and extensive national and international tours. (No Dance class taking place on Wednesday 17 February or 2 March, so course will finish on 30 March)

LOCAL HISTORY – 1.30 – 3PM – This group will take you on a historical and social journey of Nottinghamshire. Tony Emery returns to deliver a fresh take on our history as well as offering opportunities to input your own stories and anecdotes. Whether you’re a keen historian, or interested in finding out more about the history of where you live, come along to these social and informative weekly sessions. The sessions will be slightly more beneficial to those who are committed to a number of weeks as they will build on the collective history and knowledge of the group, having said this, if participants are only able to attend the odd week, they will certainly be able to enjoy one off sessions. There will be a different sub-topic each week, which will feed into an overall structure.

BURSARIES – If you would love to be involved in Golden Age but feel that you cannot meet the weekly costs, there a small number of bursaries available for each group, where either all or some of the costs are met by the Playhouse. If you would like to apply for a bursary please complete the application form and send to

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