Dementia Voices Project

Date: February 20 2019 to June 30 2019

Support for Dementia with Camerata in the Community

Manchester Camerata presents a brand new theatre piece created through our Dementia Voices project. The piece has been written by Louise Wallwein (MBE) in collaboration with multiple dementia support groups across Greater Manchester, Sue Roberts, Jaydev Mistry, Andrea Vogler and Heather Bills.

In an 18-month project funded by the Wellcome Trust, Manchester Camerata aims to raise public understanding of young onset dementia through an ambitious programme of public engagement and creative enquiry into the lived experience of young onset dementia.

Booking information

Wednesday 19th June  2.15pm             Rochdale, Falinge Park High School   Tickets

Thursday 20th June     2pm                  Tameside, Loxley House,                    Tickets

Friday 21st June          2pm                     Salford, Robert Powell Theatre           Tickets

Wednesday 26th June  7pm                Manchester, Z-Arts                             Tickets

Thursday 27th June     7pm                   Wigan, Old Courts                              Tickets

Friday 28th June          7pm                   Oldham Lyceum Theatre                    Tickets

Saturday 29th June      5pm                 Bolton, Central Library                        Tickets

Please contact Jacqui Barnes, Camerata in the Community Assistant Music Producer, if you feel you qualify for a discount or ticket offer.

T: 0161 226 8696

Further information

The Dementia Voices project has engaged with multiple dementia support groups across Greater Manchester to capture and tell the stories of younger people living with dementia. Shining a light on both the positives and negatives of living with dementia, the groups have considered how it affects someone of a younger age and their family and friends. The piece takes the audience through the journeys of four people. Each have been affected by young onset dementia – a mother and son, and a woman and her loving wife.

The piece aims to create a deeper understanding and knowledge of young-onset dementia. Younger people living with dementia, health professionals and carers have been consulted at each stage to truly reflect people’s varied and shared experiences. Through the process we’ve built the foundations for future work across Greater Manchester to continue to spread the message, form support groups in local areas and consider changes to services.

In keeping with the project’s aims, an informal music-making session and discussion will follow the performance (participation optional) which will look at what we can do in our local areas and create a space for everyone to talk openly. At each performance there will also be information on dementia support and activities in the local area.

This performance has been produced by Manchester Camerata with the kind support of the Wellcome Trust. It builds on a collaboration with the University of Manchester that started in 2014 involving staff and students from Nursing and Drama alongside younger people living with dementia.