Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Pinner took centre stage when they hosted their very own Joshua Logan film shoot, as part of Shine! – a two year national arts programme.
Channelling their inner Emile De Becque and Ensign Nellie Forbush, the team and residents at Haven Residential Care Home in Wellington Road recreated the 1958 classic South Pacific with family and friends with the support of creative facilitators from community interest company, Ladder to the Moon.
Residents ensured that the film shoot was a great success by looking the part in grass skirts and donning brightly coloured costumes. Together residents and the team recreated memorable scenes and musical hits, including Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair and There is Nothing Like a Dame.
Shula Hawes, programme co-ordinator for Ladder to the Moon, said: “The South Pacific theme was chosen by the Sanctuary Care staff and residents – and the entire project was a real collaborative occasion!
“Working with the project team at the home was great; they were really open and took on board the learning. They engaged residents in a lot of preparations and gave them ownership over the event; how the set would look, what songs to include and how the scenes could be shot. It was a brilliant example of co-production!”
Once the well-known theme was chosen, the team raided their wardrobes and dusted off their Kauai – a Hawaiian island inspired dress, joining forces with the residents to improvise their own versions of classic scenes during the event, which took place on Tuesday 11 August. They also produced their own props – including painting a backdrop of the beautiful seaside scene and made flower garlands.
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Urvashi Kapur added: “It was fantastic to see the residents so excited about the Shine! project and working with the team in such a creative way.
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.