The Garden

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The Garden

An inspiring piece of theatre specially created for people with

dementia

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch proudly presents The Garden on Friday 14 October at 11.30am, an enchanting production made especially for people with dementia.

The Garden is a wonderfully immersive performance devised by the innovative Spare Tyre theatre company. Bringing the outdoors in, it takes audiences on a multi-sensory journey through the seasons, inspiring everyone’s imagination and awakening their senses.

As part of the Queen’s Theatre’s new strand of work which celebrates ageing, The Garden will also be touring local care homes and wellbeing centres. The production and tour is part-sponsored by the charity Tapestry, with whom the Theatre is delighted to be working in partnership.

Tapestry is committed to supporting older adults in leading positive, independent and fulfilling lives.

“The show is full of fun and comedy,” explains Arti Prashar, Artistic Director of Spare Tyre. “Audiences will be given objects to touch, garden herbs to smell and even food to taste. We evoke the beautiful outdoors using projections such as bees, flowers and trees and a live musician playing melodies on a variety of instruments from around the world.”

The hour-long 11.30am show at the Queen’s Theatre will be exclusively for people with dementia and their carers. There will be a second performance at 2.30pm, open to everyone, followed by a half-hour question and answer session – welcoming those who want to find out how the arts can improve the lives of people living with dementia.

The Garden also forms part of the Queen’s Theatre’s Outer Limits Festival, a rolling festival of exciting and original performances made by artists from the outskirts of London and Essex. Outer Limits not only celebrates the work of local theatre-makers, but also the diversity and different needs and interests of the Queen’s Theatre’s local community.

This production continues the Theatre’s new focus on embracing the growing ageing population locally and across the country. The Queen’s Theatre recently launched its second production of the new autumn season, A Month of Sundays, Bob Larbey’s fantastically heart-warming comedy about the ups and downs of getting older. And after working closely with people living with dementia, the Theatre will be introducing its very first dementia-friendly in-house performance this winter – during the run of the Christmas pantomime Cinderella.

“With people now living longer than ever before, so many amongst our population are going to be affected by dementia. We believe the arts are for everyone and are committed to encouraging creativity amongst people living with dementia and their carers,” adds Arti.

The Garden will be performed on the Foyer Stage at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, on Friday 14 October at 11.30am for people with dementia and their carers, and at 2.30pm, a performance open to all, followed by a question and answer session. Tickets are £10 and concessions are £8. For more details or to book, call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at queens-theatre.co.uk. For more information about Spare Tyre and Tapestry, visit sparetyre.org and tapestry-uk.org.

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