Feel young at any age with Ping Pong screening and social

“This really is not to be missed, and let’s hope that the screening of Ping Pong and the games afterwards will inspire more of our elderly people to begin playing sport again and keeping fit.”

Feel young at any age with Ping Pong screening and social

Film festival favourite Ping Pong, the inspiring documentary following competitors in the World Over 80’s Table Tennis Championships, screens at Carriageworks Theatre, on Tuesday 17 March. The afternoon showing will be followed by the opportunity to join in social games of ping pong in the venue.

 

The film stars 8 players with 703 years between them who compete in the World Over 80’s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality.

 

To turn inspiration into action the event continues with an after film social. Intrepid audience members of all ages may choose to try their hand or re-fresh their skill on ping pong tables brought into the city-centre venue for the day. Evolving from the film-makers The Ping Pong Care Campaign, a national health & wellbeing campaign that encourages and promotes active ageing, the event hopes to challenge what it means to grow old, engage the issues of ageing and benefits of active ageing.

 

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon Executive Member for Digital & Creative Technologies, Culture and Skills says:

Ping Pong is a really fantastic documentary, which shows that age really is no barrier in having fun and taking part in sport and exercise. We are delighted therefore to be holding a special showing of Ping Pong in the Carriageworks, which will be followed by a chance for those in attendance to take part in a few fun games of their own.

 

“This really is not to be missed, and let’s hope that the screening of Ping Pong and the games afterwards will inspire more of our elderly people to begin playing sport again and keeping fit.”

 

Tues 17 March, 1pm

Tickets: £3

 

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 224 3801, online through the website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk or in person at the Carriageworks Theatre Box Office, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.

 

The Carriageworks Theatre is a modern venue located in the Electric Press on Millennium Square programming a wide variety of theatre and film and events for the whole family. It is the proud home of the Leeds Civic Arts Guild, the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and a wide range of weekly classes open to the Leeds community.

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