Free Performing Arts evening at Anna Fiorentini Stage & the City

Smile, you might live longer. Join us on Wednesday 11th September. Doors open at 7pm - 9pm at the Pauline Quirke Academy, 242 Pentoville Road, N1 9JY.

A new study suggests a glass half full is the key to a long life and this September London-based Stage and the City has a glass of bubbly ready for you...

Despite all the advances in medicine, Londoners have a lower life expectancy than some parts of the UK. On average, the UK's life expectancy has remained static. However, a new study suggests the answer may lie in Easy Street. The study by Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) studied almost 70,000 Women and 1500 men. The study involved a series of complex questionnaires and followed women over a 30 year period and men for 10 years. Once analysed, one pattern appeared to emerge above all others. People with a sunny disposition appeared to buck the trend and live longer. The study, released a few days ago, came as no surprise to Anna Fiorentini, the founder of the eponymous award-winning stage school and founder of Stage and the City.
“When I read the study, it confirmed my suspicions. The people living long and happy lives are not the people working themselves into an early grave. This was one of the reasons I founded the Stage & the City Academy. I've seen the transformative power of theatre with my own eyes. We get a lot of city folks attending our evening classes and they always arrive stiff and distracted, but after a few weeks you couldn't recognise them. Our students have the chance to gain some confidence and have some fun and that's what makes the programme worthwhile.” Anna Fiorentini

The study's findings echo the World Health Organisation's own 2019 Happiness Report. This recent report also claims there's more to happiness than your bank balance and one way to turn down those frowns is drama.

To that end, the award-winning Stage and the City is ready to open for another season. This week Anna and her crew are looking forward to helping the city stay happy and healthy.

To celebrate the start of the season, Stage and the City is holding a Free Performing Arts Experience Evening on Wednesday 11th September. Doors open at 7pm - 9pm at the Pauline Quirke Academy, 242 Pentoville Road, N1 9JY. All abilities and ages over the age of 18 welcome. (Some of our students are in their 60s).

There will be bubbly for the press and an opportunity for anybody with or without experience to come along and meet the Stage & the City team. Everyone is welcome to try a variety of performing arts workshops, including acting, singing, dance and musical theatre. Alternatively, Anna and the gang are happy to answer questions.

Workshop leaders include:
Mark Short, (choreographer to Tina Turner, Peter Andre and Ant & Dec)
Lewis Cochrane, (Musical Director and recent cast member of the UK production of Sister Act alongside Alexandra Burke)
Anna Fiorentini, founder of Stage & the City and the award winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School.

Classes are great for stress release. They can build confidence and reduce anxiety. The workshops can also help students improve other transferable life skills. Not to mention, helping our students keep fit and supporting a local charity, (ALL profits pay for bursaries for less privileged children that wish to attend the Fiorentini School).

“It's not rocket science, having fun and staying positive is good medicine and we've got a prescription pad full of that.” Anna Fiorentini, Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School / Stage & the City.

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