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this is me

   

Research & Development dates:

Clapham Omnibus: Engine Room 

24 February 2020

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Metal Culture: Time and Space Residency

30 September - 13 October 2019

 

‘this is me' is a theatre project aiming to create conversations and raise awareness around the often invisible experiences and unique challenges involved when developing dementia as a young person. 

 

Our story is told from the perspective of the person living with young onset dementia, weaving together a truthful narrative with the extraordinary often surreal expressions of everyday experience. 

 

We are experimenting with puppetry,  object manipulation, text and movement to bring these vivid inner and outer lived experiences to life.

It is essential to us that this project is grown from the roots up and we are working closely with the young onset community. We have partnered with Dementia Pathfinders with additional support from Metal, Netpark Wellbeing and Arts4Dementia.

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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