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Pensioners and kids get together to bust prejudice

PUBLISHED: 17:46 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:54 05 October 2010

All smiles as different generations go on stage to perform as one

All smiles as different generations go on stage to perform as one

PENSIONERS and schoolchildren from different ethnic backgrounds joined together in London’s East End for a play busting misconception and prejudice about their generations. Members from Jewish Care’s Stepney community centre joined pupils from the largely Muslim Osmani primary school to perform Stepping out in Stepney at Queen Mary’s university campus at Mile End

PENSIONERS and schoolchildren from different ethnic backgrounds joined together in London’s East End for a play busting misconception and prejudice about their generations.

Members from Jewish Care’s Stepney community centre joined pupils from the largely Muslim Osmani primary school to perform Stepping out in Stepney at Queen Mary’s university campus at Mile End.

The one-off play was set in the cafe where pupils and Jewish Care members demonstrated everyday life in the East End, which was videoed for a New Year documentary.

Jewish Care coordinator Paul Jarvais said: “The pensioners were speaking about their life experiences first hand while the youngsters enjoyed hearing their stories. It was fantastic to see young and old together.”

The play was part of a three-year project by the arts group Magic Me, bringing older and younger people together through arts activities which challenge misconceptions and prejudice about their generations.

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