There were beaming faces and belly laughs galore at a Sanctuary Care home in Malvern when residents enjoyed an interactive performance steeped in nostalgia.
Residents at Hastings Residential Care Home were treated to ‘Sharing Joy’ recently; a specially commissioned performance by Vamos Theatre packed with charming and humorous scenes from the 1940s and 1950s.
Sharing Joy delves into the lives of courting couples, wartime nurses and even a singing dog called Elvis – with every scene featuring music from yesteryear, beautiful costumes, hand crafted masks and colourful props.
Manager at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, Sue Milward said: “There was so much belly laughing it was just heart-warming to see so many engaged and glowing faces in the audience. This was the best performance we have ever had here – it was wonderful to sit back and watch the smiles and the laughter.”
Resident Hilda Preston, who is 91 years old and has lived at the home over two years said: “It was just lovely; I cannot wait to tell my daughter about the show.”
Resident Ann Thompson, who is 94 years old and has been a resident for over five years added: “I laughed and laughed.”
The interactive performance was one of several across the organisation’s nine Worcestershire homes. The tour forms part of Shine!, a national two-year arts programme funded by Sanctuary Group, which uses creative arts to shine a light on the talents of residents across Sanctuary Care’s 61 homes.
Residents at Beach Lawns Residential and Nursing Home in Weston-super-Mare were also treated to the performance as an extension of the Worcestershire tour.
Vamos Theatre is a Worcestershire-based full mask theatre company, which tours nationally and internationally, taking its unique style of innovative and engaging theatre to communities. The company specialises in adaptations of human stories, often rooted in real-life histories and events. It prides itself in being passionate about theatre and its role in people’s lives.
The performances were funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, with funding for the Hastings event also provided by Worcestershire County Councillor (Malvern Chase) Lucy Hodgson, who said she absolutely loved the performance.
Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund offers support and funding to groups to deliver activities within communities in which they operate.
Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts-based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
The programme is funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company, and is part of Sanctuary’s commitment to highlight the potential and talents of older people through quality arts experiences.