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Golden Apples Players, Omagh

Formed in January 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic, The Golden Apples Players is a not-for-profit constituted, voluntary, fully inclusive, cross-community performing Arts group based in Omagh County Tyrone – which has a fantastic theatre and long tradition of quality amateur theatre for young people, but more limited opportunities for adults.   So their primary beneficiary focus is adults (17+ years) who are unable to access local amateur dramatics or are unable to travel long distances.  Having had a huge response from local performers – seeking to take part in local productions, the Players also provide opportunities for non-performers such as set design, costume, sound and lighting – more important now than ever as the creative arts sector has been one of the worst affected by Covid restrictions.   The GAP applied for funding to help deliver a 12 week creative self-expression drama programme (“Creative Elders”) for older people from Omagh and surrounding rural areas to ‘connect and create’ – share stories; make theatre; explore dance, music and movement; with the overall aim of bringing isolated older people together.  They intend to link with a local branch of Age NI in Omagh, also their local rural community network – South West Age Partnership and Omagh Volunteer Centre, to ensure those aged 65+ know about it.  And with learning points of Covid in mind, they hope to offer alternative / virtual options for creative activities to enjoy at home for those unable to leave due to ongoing restrictions or mobility issues, etc.  The Committee was content to endorse a grant of £800 from The Clothworkers’ NI Fund.