“Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off A Bus!” Sheatre Performance Brings Elder Abuse Message to Tobermory

Submitted by The Meeting Place

“Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off A Bus!” is a play that brings the message that elder abuse needs to stop – and shows us that we all can play a part. “Granny” comes to Tobermory on Thursday, December 5 at 1:30pm at The Meeting Place, 20 Centennial Drive. The Tobermory Muses will be presenting a short program on Reflections to start the afternoon off, sharing concerns, memories and our connections with home, family and loved ones.

The play will follow, presented by seniors from the community, “Granny” starts a necessary conversation about elder abuse and prevention. The performers enact scenes of emotional, physical, spiritual, mental abuse, and neglect. Drawn from real life, these serious stories are lightened by endearing characters and lively music. A Q&A session follows, facilitated by sector experts in elder abuse prevention.

The storyline: when Fred considers a move to a seniors’ complex, he bumps into an old friend, Doris. As they reminisce about people they used to know, the stories unfold – each one an example of a different kind of abuse. Solutions and community resources are revealed. As their relationship grows, Fred finds his voice… and confides a dark secret of his own.

“Granny” is produced by Sheatre, an award-winning community arts company based in Kemble. It was originally written by Audrey Otter, Ted Codack, Joan Chandler and David Sereda. Original lyrics are by Cora Taylor. The performers are Pauli Schell, Joan MacDonnell, Paul Flood and Carroll Flood. Sheatre has reached over 142,775 people in Canada, the US and England through the creation and production of 114 original plays. Over a third of Sheatre’s work is with seniors.

Elder abuse is not as uncommon as we might like to think. Canadian studies suggest that 8-10% of older adults experience abuse (approximately 750,000 seniors in Canada), but this is not at all clear. It’s estimated that only 20% of incidents of elder abuse ever come to the attention of a person who can help. When abuse occurs, it is likely to be repeated. A recent survey by public health in Grey-Bruce found that 1 in 6 seniors experience abuse.

For more information about the presentation contact The Meeting Place at 519-596-2313 or email meetingplace@amtelecom.net 

To book a presentation of Granny contact David at bookings@sheatre.com.