AudioGeris is a collection of audio plays by GeriActors & Friends.
While Covid-19 presented many challenges, it also inspired new ways of sharing stories and connecting with audiences.
In March 2020, our performance company, GeriActors & Friends, moved to virtual rehearsals, and in 2021 we produced our first audio play, Way Back. Through this audio-only experience, our stories were brought to life in a new way and engaged listeners from across Canada, the US, the UK, Trinidad, and even Australia.
The success of Way Back inspired AudioGeris. Through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts we are adapting 3 of our original stage plays for audio.
“I listened to it like a radio play, one of my favourite things to do with my first transistor radio way back in the 50’s.”
Our Audio Plays
A kaleidoscope of true stories – growing up during WWII, farm life in Alberta and Sri Lanka, birth and motherhood, growing up in Trinidad, and more – this play remembers the moments of joy, hardship, triumph and magic we all experience. Click here to listen.
Reading the Signs
Just as they are inventing rear view cameras, warning buzzers for changing lanes, and self-driving cars, Jack has to give up driving. This play was inspired by our members’ experiences with driving and giving up one’s driver’s license. Click here to listen.
Spinning the Bottle
From the 60’s to today four people share their stories of coming out and finding their true family.
Click here to listen.
Interweaving Shakespeare’s classic King Lear text with stories and commentary from our own lives, this explores the themes of elder care, invisibility, and the maintenance of agency in later life.
Our listening guide has information on each of our audio plays and questions to inspire reflection and discussion. We encourage you to listen to these plays with others, share your own experiences and tell your own stories!
Click here to download.
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AudioGeris in the News
FOLIO UAlberta: From stage to sound: seniors’ theatre company turns plays into podcasts
by Geoff McMaster, written article
CTV News Edmonton: Revolutionary’ seniors theatre group challenging stereotypes, tropes about aging
by Jessica Robb, written article and video segment
CBC Radio Active: A new podcast run by a theatre company for senior actors
a radio interview with David Barnet and Becca Barrington
Global Edmonton: GeriActors theatre company encourages any age to the stage