The Titanic 2020
A dramatic comedy about life as a member of the ageing population through COVID-19
The Pandemic Players’ production of The Titanic 2020 told a dramatic tale exploring issues of importance to Canberra’s ageing population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our tutors worked with the young-at-heart actors to develop a creative performance of their experiences of lockdown under the COVID-19 restrictions.
Watch a documentary about the process here!
The project was funded through ACT Council of the Ageing (COTA) who received funding from the ACT Government’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Innovation Grants Program to stage the play.
Rebus would like to continue this program up to twice per year with the assistance of sponsorship and philanthropic donations. If you would like to donate to this program just click here and make either a one off or regular donation, and be sure to enter Pandemic Players into the ‘In honour of a person or occasion’ field
COTA ACT CEO Jenny Mobbs said Canberra’s seniors have suffered most from COVID-19 and associated restrictions.
“As such, the project has explored feelings of loneliness and isolation, as well as marginalisation, and looked at the wellbeing of older Canberrans, methods of healing and building resilience,” Ms Mobbs said.
The final performance shared with audiences how marginalisation, loneliness and isolation have impacted the mental health of older Canberrans.
Minister for Mental Health Emma Davidson said Pandemic Players is a fantastic initiative to create opportunities to unite and discuss the real issues that affect our community.
“We all deserve to have opportunities to come together and make sense of our changing world. The great thing with Pandemic Players is that it tells the stories happening in our community, helps people understand some of the challenges faced by older Canberrans, encourages discussion and unites us through art,” Ms Davidson said.