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Haylo Theatre

As a theatre company inspiration came from a variety of places; we wanted to reflect our love of both literature and storytelling. We wanted Haylo Theatre to encompass family life, to share their quirks, their mannerisms and their eccentricities. Moreover, we wanted to tell stories about experiences and forgotten memories; we believe this is reflected in the theatre we create.

25 February 2016
North West
Arts, Recreation, Schools
Local Alliances:
Manchester 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?

Our company uses drama to create conversation; it is an uplifting exploration into memories that also addresses the commplexities and moods that can be caused by dementia.  ‘Over the Garden Fence’ creates an environment and platform for people to collaborate to promote an awareness of dementia.

We have worked with a number of charities and organisations including Age UK, The Hospice and Homes Instead. We perfomed as part of staff training day at the Christie hospital enabling staff to recognise how dementia can effect both professional carers and family carers. Working with Stockport Council our performance was used to raise money for the Alzhiemers Society and to promote a dementia friendly community in Marple.

We continue to work with Educate (early Dementia users cooperative aiming to educate) who have supported our work and use it as a resource to educate people about living well with dementia and reinforce the importance of maintaining individuality and value in the community. Our performance has inspired members of Educate to collaborate and to tell their own memories in a number of theatrical settings. This poignant work has meant we were invited to perform at dementia congress 2014 and hope to return this year. 

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

Our main challenge is that we are not professionals in Dementia or Dementia Care; however we do not claim to be, we only speak from personal experience. All our stories within the play are real and we hope they will resonate with people, professional or not. It is the fact that we are communicating with people on a very human level that makes our performance an excellent way of opening a discussion of Dementia. 

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2. Actions

  • To promote conversation about dementia using the performance 'Over the Garden Fence'

    'Over the Garden Fence', solely written, directed and performed by the Hayley and Louise, follows the story of Annabelle and her grandmother Dolly and their heartfelt, amusing and often frustrating journey as they come to terms with the onset of Dolly’s dementia. Through this poignant narrative we examine the memories, which have shaped Dolly’s life and had an important impact on those around her. It is a fast paced, uplifting and comical exploration into family, life and relationships that promotes an awareness of dementia that is accessible to all.

    Being implemented
  • To use dementia friendly signage when performing 'Over the Garden Fence'

    We try to ensure that our play is accessible for all audience members including people with dementia and are mindful of this in the way we promote and perform the plays. We consider communication, staging, promotion channels, venues etc. and more.

  • To collaborate with other local organisations to promote dementia services and dementia freindly communities

    We are keen to collaborate with organisations and charities to help  promote the importance of dementia friendly communities and are actively seeking opportunities to do so. We feel our play brings people together to discuss dementia and creates conversation, working together with other companies would only serve to encourage and enhance dementia discussions.

    Being implemented