Dementia Voices Project
Date: February 20 2019 to June 30 2019
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.
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
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.