Brightlights Theatre Group
Brightlights is a pioneering acting group for the over 50s which meets weekly at Neston Theatre Arts.
Run by Samantha Giblin, the Artistic Director of the Little Actors Theatre Company, along with director Mike Lockley, the group was launched in early 2018.
According to Mike, the value of participating in the arts shouldn’t be underestimated.
“Acting is especially good for older people as learning lines has huge benefits for memory while the sense of achievement in putting on a play really helps to build confidence and self esteem,” he says.
Founder member David Tidbury (66) from Ellesmere Port already had acting experience when he saw an advert for the project so he thought it would be fun to try it again.
“It’s a great social activity and I’ve made some good friends,” he says. “For those two hours I’m here, it’s an escape and I can forget about my troubles. And it gave me a real lift when we got so many nominations for our last performance.”
Samantha stresses that members don’t have to be aspiring actors as there are plenty of other opportunities to be involved such as stage management, lighting, sound and producing.
Arthur Ronald (83) from Neston was a complete novice to acting when he joined and found he enjoyed the sense of community. “It’s great to be with a group of people that all have a joint venture with an end goal. It’s such a constructive and absorbing activity to be a part of.”
Arthur says it’s also widened his horizons as he now chaperones those involved in youth theatre and really enjoys spending time with a different generation.
“It’s so enriching being involved in a drama – it helps work your brain and it leads you to unexpected avenues,” he said. “You learn so much about different things which can only be a good thing.”
Members, who range in age from mid 50s to mid 80s, wrote a play, ‘The Cruise’ which they performed at a the Leverhulme Drama Festival at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight and received five nominations and the award for Best Presentation.
For more details about Brightlights Theatre, contact 0151 336 4302 or email@example.com or www.littleactorstheatre.com.
(Brightlights is holding a workshop at the Storyhouse in Chester for the Great Get Together on 21 June at 2.30pm as part of its Celebrating Age Programme.)