Slow Theatre Company

Slow Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre company that provides opportunities for local communities and people who face challenges to use the creative arts both artistically and therapeutically, through workshops, community projects and through the development and professional performance of new work. During 2016 & 17 Slow Theatre has worked on the I'm Here community project with Carers of people living with dementia in South Norfolk and Norwich. Using different types of media and the creative arts, this project looks at how the creative arts has a positive effect on people living with dementia and thier Carers. In 2017 we are establishing our well-being workshops for local groups. For more information please visit our website.

Updated:
17 May 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Arts, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We seek to both offer creative arts opportunities for people living with dementia and their Carers and to highlight the benefits of these activities in promoting communication, inter-generational engagement and general good well-being. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Funding to begin with and the ability to find the right volunteers to meet the demand. 

2. Actions

  • Deliver accessible creative arts opportunities

    To promote affordable, often free, open and accessible creative arts opportunitites for people living with dementia and for those that care for them. 

    We are able to deliver creative arts workshops, help with group pantos/performances, individual projects and writing workshops.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    This year we worked with Pabulum, Wymondham Dementia's Cafe to put on our very own Cinderella. This panto included members who are living with dementia, their carers and the volunteers. Audience members were included in the fun and the cafe chose which panto we should have. Music was provided by members and local volunteers.

    Rehearsals were cahotic, as you can imgagine but also great fun, full of laughter and full of changes. The important part of the process was to be flexible and always help people feel positive about their contribution, not concerned that they were not getting it right.  

    The final performance was of course a cracking fun success - oh yes it was!

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    I’m Here A creative arts project for Carers for people living with Dementia

    Project outline:

    I’m Here is a new performance, based on the writing of carers of people living with dementia.  Working closely together with both the carers and with the people living with dementia and memory loss, Slow’s resident writer Lucy Johnson will sculpture thoughts, feelings, memories and concerns into a piece of theatre to be staged in Wymondham in October 2016.

    The performance will then aim to tour nationally. The written work that is submitted will also shape an exhibition to be held at the Millennium library during National Dementia Awareness Week in 2017.

    Partnerships:

    Working closely with the Wymondham Pabulum Cafe, Age UK Norfolk, SN Admiral Nurses and a wide range of organisations, both locally and nationally, Slow means to offer a space for those affected by dementia - primarily those in a caring role - to have their voice heard.

    Slow recognises that there is not a collective consciousness for those living with memory loss/dementia or those caring for them.  We want to offer a chance for people to highlight their life experiences, to provoke discussion about the importance of understanding perspectives - those of the person with dementia and those of their carers - and to afford participants a space to reflect and share.  

    Slow will offer:

    an online platform for participants to upload their writing

    one-to-one interviews at a time and place convenient to participants

    writing workshops

    Aims:

    to support deeper understanding of dementia and a meaningful dialogue for its audiences

    to offer a therapeutic opportunity for carers through writing

    to highlight real-life experiences as written and shared by carers of people living with dementia

    to encourage an atmosphere of reflection on our own perceptions, beliefs, behaviours and fears regarding dementia

  • Slow Theatre Company's staff and volunteers are Dementia Friends

    We offer Dementia Friends sessions to all of our staff and volunteers and to the children that attend our classes.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Offer affordable well-being workshops using Improv, mindfulness and the theatre arts

    Establishing affordable, and where possible free, workshops where people can come together and relieve the tension they live with. These workshops are available for care homes, day centres, dementia cafes and for the work place.

    We believe we need to look after the Carers of those living with dementia so they can look after their loved ones. 

    Status:
    Planning