60 residents from 13 care homes across Scotland were treated to a dementia friendly performance of Ian Fleming’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ starring comedian Jason Manford and Brookside actress Claire Sweeney.
Victor Dewson, Regional Manager for Glasgow and Clyde, said: “This is the first time a touring musical has presented a dementia friendly performance in Scotland it went down a real treat with all of our residents who attended the Edinburgh Playhouse. I cannot fault the commitment of the theatre staff, the production team and the actors who made over 60 changes to the performance, ensuring our residents enjoyed their special experience. It really was great seeing everyone smiling and singing along.”
The production team reduced noise levels, increased the lighting and changed stage directions, whilst the theatre staff went above and beyond to ensure the residents felt at ease from the moment they entered the theatre till the time they left to go home.
After the show, the residents went backstage and met the famous cast. They were all full of praise for the performers, with one resident in particular taking a shine to Jason Manford.
“The play was brilliant. I enjoyed singing along and meeting the cast at the end of the play,” said one resident.
“I had a great day out. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The sing a long on the way back home was great fun! To top it off we also had a fish supper. It was an absolutely marvelous day!” said another.
Ann-Marie KcKeich, Regional Manager for Lothian, said: “It was so satisfying to see our residents, who are at various stages of their dementia journey, enjoy an outing most of us take for granted.
“The residents were able to be themselves, to explore, to sing and dance with their families and carers! It was really a special experience for them and a lovely one for myself.”
Date published: 15 September 2017
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