As part of the organisation’s Shine! programme, residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Charlton took centre stage when they took part in producing and acting in their very own production of classic film ‘South Pacific’.
A ‘reel-y’ good time was had by the team and residents at Time Court Residential and Nursing Home when they took part in the film shoot led by creative facilitators from Ladder to the Moon, one of Sanctuary’s arts partners and a community interest company that supports care homes to become more vibrant places to live and work.
Ladder to the Moon led a series of sessions as part of the project; in the first session a variety of films were discussed and residents voted for their favourite. It was the tropical theme of South Pacific that provoked the most conversation and enthusiasm for the home’s residents, so this was decided as the final film.
Residents and the team took part in a props and production session, creating palm trees, tropical flowers and seascapes.
Mary Johnson, the home’s manager said: “It has been wonderful to explore the talents of our care home residents and many of them have relished in the opportunity to contribute to the project - I have seen residents blossom in confidence.
“One particular resident has always loved drawing but has not been as active with his hobby in recent years. However with encouragement and support from our team and Ladder to the Moon, he drew an amazing parrot which was used in the film’s tropical set. He was delighted.”
In the third session residents took on a variety of roles, including starring parts, behind the camera, costume & make-up and manning the clapperboard, to film the production.
To celebrate the culmination of the shoot, an Oscars-style ceremony was held, where the film was screened and prizes were given to residents and staff who had made the biggest contribution to the project.
The care home’s team has also benefitted from training during the project, enabling them to build relationships with residents throughout the film production process and involve residents who were previously less likely to participate. The project will now enter its ‘momentum’ phase, which will see the care home’s team undertake more training to enable them to deliver similar activities on an on-going basis within the home.
This project at Time Court is part of Shine!, a national two-year arts programme which uses creative arts to shine a light on the talents of residents across Sanctuary Care’s 61 homes. The programme is funded by Sanctuary Group, the organisation’s parent company.
For further information:
- Visit our Shine! arts programme page to find out more about a variety of our creative arts projects; including dance, music, literature, film and theatre.