All our scripts are adapted so that older people with mobility issues and memory challenges can take part. Many of the cast of this year’s pantos are living with dementia; others are in wheelchairs or find movement difficult. “You’ve given all our residents the chance to try something new, uplifting and challenging,” says Yvonne Nicholson at MHA Yew Tree Leeds. “But it’s really life-changing for those with dementia, who felt they had nothing more to contribute.
“Doing comedy performances is not something any of them would have even considered doing before, but you’ve given them the confidence to participate as a group. It’s done us all the power of good! ”
Meanwhile, at MHA Tranquility Court Retirement Apartments in Leeds, the residents are now writing their own plays as well as performing. Thanks to staff at MHA for supporting this initiative, and a huge round of applause to Pargiter Trust for funding us. This year, we plan to extend the programme into the community, so older people still living in their own homes can join in the fun.
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