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this is me

   (Working title)

R&D Time and Space Residency

Sep 30th-Oct 13th at Metal Culture.

 

We are partnering with Dementia Pathfinders to explore the lived experience of Young Onset Dementia.

 

Using our time at Metal to explore and develop ways to bring the lived experiences to life using puppetry, object manipulation, text and movement.

 

Our aim is to create conversations and raise awareness around the often invisible experiences of living with Young Onset Dementia. 

 

We have invited specialists into our work to assist us in looking at the unique, diverse challenges of developing Dementia as a young person.

It is essential to us that our theatre project 'this is me' is grown from the roots up and that the direction of the piece is set by those it is for. 

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Trailer by Outlier Films

Footage from our sharing at Metal Southend and work with our focus group from Netpark Wellbeing living with Young Onset.

Barbara Stephens Chief Executive Dementia Pathfinders
"A wonderfully evocative and insightful portrayal of the thoughts and reflections of a person living with young onset dementia. Tackling the inevitable issues that a diagnosis of dementia brings to bear. Marie and Helen shape a story that is authentic, believable and relevant. The audience is drawn in to a world in which the fear of dementia is diminished and everyday life with dementia is defined by a new norm. No one will be left unmoved by the experience."
Nigel Franklin Chief Executive Arts4Dementia
"I was most impressed both by what you were doing and the quality of the performance.  The characters – and indeed the puppets – were totally credible and that credibility was key to conveying what it’s like living with dementia and the mistakes other often well-meaning people (like the rest of us) make in interacting with them.  I’m sure it will be a huge help in having people realise that and adjust how they interact in future. I wish that I had seen your performance before my mother was diagnosed!"

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Photography by Jon Holloway

Arts4Dementia & Dementia Pathfinders workshops