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Thursday March 15, 2018

Village at the Park – Attitude of Living Well Village at the Park is more than just a retirement village. The Village is a vibrant and inspiring community, where residents bring knowledge, skill, experiences and talent, to share with others. Gavin is an example of how residents make a valuable contribution to our village community at the Village.

Gavin Mickell, a Resident at Village at the Park with a special interest in Wellington’s history, shares his knowledge and interest by organising city walking tours for Village residents. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Village at the Park is one of 29 villages within the Arvida group. Arvida has implemented the Attitude of Living Well philosophy which incorporates the five pillars of living well. Village at the Park embraces all five pillars: Eating Well – The village has the “Scrummie café” onsite which is well patronised. Residents have the option of dining in the café in the evening. Residents are encouraged to contribute their favourite recipes to menus. Moving Well – there are a number of exercise programmes across the Village. Residents in care undertake Rumba classes and passive exercises. Other residents participate with activities including swimming, tai chi, exercise classes, table tennis. Resting Well - how one decides to live their life in the village is up to the individual resident. Although residents take a more leisurely approach to life they continue to pursue their

interests. Thinking Well – The Village residents participate in a book club, craft group, discussion group and a choir, ‘The Village Voices’. The library committee does an outstanding job encouraging residents to use the inhouse library with book promotions and competitions. Engaging well – This is evident at the Village with residents volunteering in the local community, enjoying social time with each other, within the Village. Local people and groups are warmly welcomed into the Village to participate in village activities. “We have students coming into the Village to volunteer for Duke of Edinburgh Awards. “School children and pre-school children visit for buddy reading and other activities.” Groups visiting further enrich life at the Village, General Manager Mary Leighton says. PBA

Local actor hits big-time in demanding role By Jamie Adams

He might have cut his teeth in television, but for Newtown actor Simon Leary nothing beats theatre – especially when you’re one of just two actors in the entire show. In Switzerland, Circa’s latest offering, Simon plays Edward Ridgeway, a mysterious young man who interrupts the secluded life of author Patricia Highsmith, played by Catherine Downes. The play is a “two-hander” – a play featuring just two actors –





something that Simon embraced when asked to take on the role. Since graduating from drama school in 2010 he has appeared in minor roles in a number of TV shows including Dirty Laundry, War News, and Hillary. But it’s in theatre that Simon has really come into his own, with his role in Switzerland being his biggest, and most demanding, yet. “Hard, hard work happens in theatre. A play is like a big amazing jigsaw; it’s your interpretation of an artwork.” While the lines are required

to be followed, Simon loves being able to bring elements to his character that can be varied with each performance. “When you go and see a theatre show, you and everybody there on that night see a show that might have micro-differences in the next one.” Simon had planned to be a teacher but struggled with maths, deciding acting was his stronger forte. Switzerland tells the story of late crime writer, Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, who, having

refused to contact her publishers who are urging her to write another in the Ripley series, must deal with a mysterious young man who appears unannounced. Written by Australian Joanna Murray-Smith, the psychological thriller received much acclaim during its Australian run last year. Switzerland has the New Zealand premiere at Circa Two this Sunday, and features a Q&A session with Joanna before its debut afternoon performance. The show runs until April 14.

Newtown actor Simon Leary, dressed in character as Edward Ridgeway, who features in Circa Theatre’s upcoming play Switzerland. PHOTO: Jamie Adams


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