Ages and Stages began life in 2009 as a three-year research project between the New Vic Theatre and Keele University in 2009, funded under the national New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme. As part of this project, over 95 people were interviewed about their recollections of being involved with the New Vic Theatre as employees, actors, audience members and volunteers. These recollections and stories were then made into a piece of verbatim documentary theatre by a group of project participants working with professional actors and the New Vic Youth Theatre. The new documentary, Our Age, Our Stage, toured to a variety of venues before being performed on the theatre’s main stage at the New Vic Theatre in July 2012 to a full house and subsequently toured to other venues. It served as a celebration of the power of theatre on its community and as a tribute to the ground-breaking theatre documentary work of the New Vic’s Founding Director, Peter Cheeseman.
Following the end of this project, the group wanted to stay together to share more stories, create more theatre, and enjoy the company and the laughter.