Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Watlington have transported themselves into a scene of their favourite film as part of an interactive film shoot.
The team and residents at Watlington and District Nursing Home in Oxfordshire donned their dirndl dresses and nun costumes to act out popular scenes and songs from the well-known Von Trapp production, The Sound of Music.
The perfect scene and praiseworthy performances
Once the Robert Wise film theme was chosen, the team and residents joined forces to improvise their own versions of classic extracts, as well as creating costumes and producing props to set the perfect scene – including painting a backdrop for the stage with paper flowers and homemade trees.
Watlington resident, Frederick Irvine, 93, said: “I was thrilled to be a part of the project and we all put on a praiseworthy performance!”
Irene Rawlings, 94, who played Maria as the blushing bride, said: “The film shoot was a great success and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute in the spotlight – all the harmonised effort throughout the project was worthwhile.”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Karen Hilton added: “It has been wonderful to see the residents and team working together in such a creative way. Many of the residents contributed fantastic ideas throughout the production planning.
“We always encourage creativity and the contribution our residents made to this project proves how important it is to give people living in care homes opportunities to express themselves.”
The event was supported by creative facilitators from community interest company, Ladder to the Moon.
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.