There were beaming faces and belly laughs galore at a Sanctuary Care home in Northfield, when residents enjoyed an interactive performance steeped in nostalgia.
Residents at The Beeches Residential Care Home, which provides residential care and dementia care, were treated to a full masked production of ‘Sharing Joy’ by Vamos Theatre – as part of a two-year national arts programme, Shine!
Packed with charming and humorous scenes, Sharing Joy is an interactive show set in the 1940s and 1950s featuring courting couples, wartime nurses, swing dancing and plenty of fun and laughter, even Elvis himself made a special guest appearance.
Resident at The Beeches Joan Bashford, who is 76 years old said: “I absolutely loved it – it reminded me of when I was in a play when I was younger.”
Meanwhile fellow resident Jean Coley loved the performance so much she spent the entire afternoon talking about it. The 72-year-old said: “I loved it and really enjoyed it.”
Resident Queenie Satterthwaite, aged 86 said simply: “It was the best ever – it was lovely.”
The performance was packed full of nostalgic music from across the decades, beautiful costumes, hand crafted masks and colourful props.
Manager at the home, Tina Walstrom, said: “There was so much going on and it was lovely to see so many residents laughing so loudly. We’ve had many performing arts groups come into the home but Vamos Theatre was definitely one of the best.
“Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in care homes by encouraging their participation in arts based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film – and Vamos Theatre did just that, it was heartwarming to see everyone get involved.”
Shine!, which is being rolled out across all Sanctuary Care homes, 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.
Sharing Joy has been inspired by JABADAO and this special tour of Sharing Joy has been funded by Sanctuary Group, and the show's development has been given invaluable financial assistance by The Eveson Charitable Trust and Worcestershire County Council.
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.