Christopher Naylor, 26 January 2013

We discussed ways of keeping experienced actors connected to their profession,


- Writing/creating their own work

- Looking for new environments to bring a different perspective, i.e. stand-up/comedy


- Forming a company of actors offering a ‘menu’ of skills to different

people/organisations, i.e. a role-playing service, research and development for

writers/directors/theatre companies for future productions etc.

- No more work for free!

- Funded continued training

Questions raised:

- Why can't older actors play young parts?

- How can older actors be more involved in physical theatre?


- Culture is often aimed at the young, whereas the consumers of culture are often

older people. Even younger audiences don't only want to watch plays about the young.

- Creative people become more creative (and more attractive to other creative people)

when they are working or actively engaged in being creative!

At the session:

Chris Naylor, Sasha Brooks, Regina Mendes, Jen Lunn, Lee Simpson, Geoff Williams,

Angela, Lucy, David Cottis,

Jools Vose, Aiden, Kitty, Michelle, Mike.


R&D, role-playing, actors, Actors, continued training, physical theatre, older

audiences, r&d, research and development