Curtain call for retired Jeff

“It's been a joy to be able to study something that I enjoy and it's given me a much wider and greater and deeper understanding of the theatre and I'm grateful for that.”

Jeff Hill, BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre Arts

A pensioner who decided to study at Staffordshire University as an 'antidote to retirement' says it has given him a new lease of life.

After a lifetime of public sector work Jeff Hill, from Madeley, decided to follow his passion for drama and has graduated with BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre Arts aged 69.

“I went on the course really as an antidote to the tedium of retirement. I wasn't coping very well. I found it too easy to reach for the TV remote and was a bit bored.”

The oldest student to graduate with a full degree this year, Jeff was mistaken for a lecturer by his course mates on the first day of term but soon settled into his studies.

"It was only when the register was taken that people began to click that the old bloke in the corner was going to be a fellow student for the next three years.”

Jeff added: “I've had a lot of help from my course mates and I'd like to think that we've moved from curiosity about the old bloke to acceptance of a student who may be a bit slower moving about but has a few reasonable things to pass on.”

An amateur dramatics enthusiast, Jeff has been treading the boards for years and is keen to get back on stage and use his new found knowledge – after a well-deserved rest.

He is next appearing in a production of Calamity Jane at Stoke-in-Trent’s Repertory Theatre later this year.

“It's been a joy to be able to study something that I enjoy and it's given me a much wider and greater and deeper understanding of the theatre and I'm grateful for that.”

Jeff believes you 'must keep learning' and urges other retirees to follow in his footsteps.

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