My Shout is an exciting new project about celebrating ageing and challenging stereotypes of what it means to grow old in England. It aims to present a vibrant and surprising alternative by enabling elders from our community to create art that has integrity, resonance and perhaps a touch of mischief.

People from Farnham and the surrounding areas, aged 55 or over, are invited to take part in four new projects which will each, in their own way, portray a dynamic alternative to the all-too-common dreary misconceptions of ageing. Instead, My Shout will create art which has integrity, resonance and perhaps a touch of mischief!

In 2018, four separate pieces of art will be created, performed and exhibited by groups of people from Farnham and the surrounding area. These new creations will include:

  • A dance performance, facilitated by Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures & Re:Bourne
  • A theatre performance, performed at Farnham Maltings’ Spark youth arts festival
  • A piece of craft, to be publically displayed in Farnham
  • A short film, created with young people from Farnham facilitated by Me’n’u Arts

Taking part

Those involved in the project do not need to have any specific skills or experience, just a willingness to experiment and to commit to making something new. Anyone aged 55 or over (on 1 January 2018) will have the opportunity to join one of the projects; we’re especially interested to hear from people aged 75+.

Participants can sign up to My Shout from September 2017. Workshops, creating and performances will take place throughout 2018. To register your interest, email or sign up at the My Shout Launch event.

My Shout launch event

On Thursday 5 October (3-5pm) we will be hosting the My Shout launch event so you can find out more about the projects and how you can be involved. It will be free to attend and tea & coffee will be provided so please drop-in to find out more.

Commission for artists

We are looking to commission two artists to facilitate the theatre performance and piece of craft. Download the commission and application information here:

Craft – My Shout commission brief

Theatre – My Shout commission brief



My Shout is part of Celebrating Age, a programme funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation to enable arts and cultural spaces to be more open, positive and welcoming places for older people; My Shout is also funded by Waverley Borough Council. The My Shout steering group consists of Farnham Maltings, Waverley Borough Council, New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Age UK Surrey.