Mates to perform locally-written short stories - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Seniors perform in 2022. Photo courtesy of Images by Anderson.


MATES Theatre Genesis is bringing local “Third Age” stories to the stage this year. MATES annual “Seniors Perform” production to be held during Queensland Seniors Month in October, will present short stories written by local seniors.

Submissions of short stories are invited from anyone aged 60 years or older. MATES is seeking stories about life in the “Third Age”, how the world changes when you hit 60 – retirement, family, relationships, health, becoming more dependent and being invisible in the community. Any topic is welcome, providing it relates to life in the “Third Age”.

Stories should be about 500 words in length and they will be reviewed by the MATES selection team. Chosen stories will be developed and adapted for performance on stage.

“Theatre is a wonderful medium for storytelling and we hope sharing stories from the local community will shine a light on the diverse experiences of seniors,” said MATES’ president Kath Kunde. “MATES is excited to collaborate with local writers, bringing real life stories to the stage.”

Submissions close on June 30 and writers can enter multiple stories. No payment will be made for use of these stories.

Performances will be held from October 19 to 29 at the Donald Simpson Community Centre, Cleveland.

For more information and to submit a story, visit MATES’ website

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