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Substance and Shadow Theatre

We are a not for profit theatre company. In addition to our eclectic variety of theatre productions, since 2018 we have been performing Return to Sender an original show by Midge and Rosie Mullin which is especially designed for Dementia Care Homes and Memory Cafes. This is a highly interactive show, which is designed to encourage reminiscence and stimulate recall through musical theatre. Return to Sender is a light-hearted love story which takes audiences on a carefree trip down memory lane. With the aid of a time travelling radio, Melvyn and Shirley traverse the decades in their search for true love. Return To sender is a multi-sensory experience Incorporating theatre, music, soundscapes and communal memories to engage and entertain. As well as providing light-hearted entertainment, one of the intended outcomes of the play is to try and use sounds, aromas and music to engage with people living with Dementia as a means of improving their mental health and well-being.

Updated:
13 August 2019
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Arts
Local Alliances:
Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)

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?

1) Promote the work of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia awareness in general through our dementia friendly shows and publicity materials by sharing relevant information via social media

2) Donate 10% of any payments we receive for our dementia friendly shows back to the EDAA

3) Raise awareness of Dementia in my workplace (the Rural Payments Agency) by engaging with people and holding awareness sessions when opportunities arise (e.g. during Dementia Awareness Week).

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

As a small, self-funded theatre group, one of the main challenges for us in developing and putting on these shows is the cost of hiring rehearsal space, buying props and costumes and covering travel expenses. Unfortunately, this means that we need to pass on a charge to residential homes / memory cafes when we put on a show.

Understanding that there is financial pressure on residential homes and that not all of them will be able to afford the same amount, we may need to explore the possibility of securing funding in order to subsidise these shows. This in turn, would mean that we would be able to reduce the costs that we pass on to residential homes.

Another key challenge, is to ensure that we make the shows as broadly appealing as we can so that everyone is as engaged as possible and that people do not feel excluded. 

2. Actions

  • Promote Exeter Alliance

    Promote the work of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia awareness in general through our dementia friendly shows and publicity materials by sharing relevant information via social media

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Fundraising

    Donate 10% of any payments we receive for our dementia friendly shows back to the EDAA

     

    Status:
  • Raising Awarenes

    Raise awareness of Dementia in my workplace (the Rural Payments Agency) by engaging with people and holding awareness sessions when opportunities arise (e.g. during Dementia Awareness Week).

    Status: