‘Lost in Memories’ is a theatre production about dementia and the act of caring.
Back in 2007 I performed a one woman show which drew on my real life experience of dementia. I recently re-worked the performance via a collaborative process with patients, carers, researchers and theatre practitioners. The piece draws on a mixture of real life testimony and dementia research. First person narratives are interspersed with more abstract performance, developed in response to those narratives. Everyone who performs in the piece has some personal experience of dementia, and all the stories shared within the play are based on true events.
Our first public performance was held in Leeds as part of the Being Human Festival, and several NHS and community organisations have since hosted the play. Audiences have included health professionals, students and researchers, as well as many people with a personal connection to the topic.
Each performance is followed by an facilitated audience discussion. We hope that this work will act as a catalyst for dialogue about dementia and dementia research.
Blog posts linked to this project –
- Our First Performance!
- Performing Stories
- Use of Self in Performance and Research – guest post by Laura Atherton
This is s truly collaborative project and my list of credits continues to grow!
Performers: Laura Atherton, Ken Watson, Sarah Goodyear, Anna Woodhouse, Isabelle Smith, Delia Muir, Maggie Marsden, Maria Bryant, Sarah Disney, John Cain.
Performance developed by: Delia Muir, Laura Atherton, Ken Watson, Sarah Goodyear, Anna Woodhouse, Isabelle Smith, U Hla Htay, Helen Iball, Liz Graham, Margaret Marsden, and Alison Bolus
Scripted edited by: Delia Muir and Laura Atherton
Choreography: Delia Muir and Laura Atherton
Visuals: Fresh Cut
Make up: Dimple Sharma
Special thanks to: Dr Helen Iball, Sue Power, Donisthorpe Hall Care Home, Thornhill Court Sheltered Housing, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Prof Jane Nixon, Jessica Van Horssen, Claire Roberts, Alexa Ruppertsberg, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wendy Mitchell, Nicky Taylor, The Being Human Festival, The Wellcome Trust, Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research (LICTR)