Monday, 5 June 2017

We need your support to tour our latest show and accompanying workshops that engage dementia communities with theatre and creativity.

Lear/Cordelia © Robert Day

Lear/Cordelia is the show. It's a fusion of Shakespeare and new writing that explores how dementia impacts on family life today. The show is mainly for family, friends and carers of people who are living with dementia. It's to start conversations about how best to care for our loved ones who have the condition.

Lear's Memory Box is the workshop. It's a creative session that brings together music, movement, words and song in response to sensory objects that feature in the show. The workshop is for people who are living with dementia and their familes, friends and carers. They take place in care homes and on dementia wards.

Please help us to raise £5,000 of match funding for an Arts Council application by clicking here. 

Both the show and the workshop have been developed through an extensive participatory research project with dementia communities. The show and workshop were piloted in autumn 2016 in Derby and Leicester with support from Arts Council England, Attenborough Arts Centre, Derby City Council, Derby Theatre and QUAD. Click here to find out more. 

Workshop © 1623

Responses to the show included "challenging but hugely accessible" (BBC Radio Derby), "vital theatre that raises important questions" (Creative Dementia Network) and "mesmerising and moving" (Dame Janet Suzman).

The workshop brought together people with dementia and their families, friends and carers. They listened and moved to music, sang a song and responded to sensory objects. "Such a happy activity" (Oaklands Care Home).

Click here to help us raise enough money to make the tour of the show and workshop possible.

Right now, we're planning a national tour of the show and workshop, to widen the conversation about caring for people with dementia and to facilitate communication between people who live with it and those who do not.

The tour will take place in autumn 2021 in studio theatres, care homes and dementia wards across the UK.

Workshop © 1623

We are applying to Arts Council England, Derby City Council (our local authority) and other funders to make the project possible. Taking into account grants, sponsorship and ticket sales, we still need to raise £5,000.  

Please contribute towards this amount by clicking here. It will really make a difference to many people's lives.

Thank you.


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