We have been invited to perform at the International Alzheimer’s Conference in Budapest in April 2016. This is a huge opportunity for us and we are really excited. As well as an amazing chance to perform our work, we will also use the time to make international links and showcase how theatre can be used as an emotive way to engage people from all backgrounds to talk about things that are difficult.
We are a two woman theatre company based in the North West who both studied Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Chester. We write and perform our own theatre, all of which explore life issues. Our first being 'Over the Garden Fence'. This play follows the story of Annabelle and her Gran Dolly, on a nostalgic journey through Grans life, sharing memories of happiness, sorrow and joy. It is a fast paced, uplifting and comical exploration into family, life and relationships that promotes an awareness of dementia that is accessible to all.
Our play encourages conversation and engages audiences in the discussion of not only dementia but the importance of the individual behind the diagnosis. Professional's, mental health care services, careers and families, have seen our play as a tool to bring people together and discuss prevalent and complex issues and we have received wonderful feedback.
“Your play brought the whole dementia world to life and touched hearts –which is needed to drive change.” Marie Cooper (Practice Development Lead, Hospice UK)
We’ve worked with numerous charities and organisations here in the UK and we are now excited to share our message further afield at the Budapest International Alzheimer’s Conference.
All donations would go…
- Travelling to Budapest – There are three travellers, ourselves Hayley and Louise and our wonderful technician Sophie.
- Flying our set out - Two fences, a suitcase full of junk (props) and the all essential tea pot.
- Accommodation – The three of us will need somewhere to rest our heads.
- Leaflets – the design and print of promotional informational about Haylo Theatre to take with us.
All the stories within the play are real and we have been greatly influenced by our own families, in doing this we feel we have created a performance that audiences can relate to. Moreover the story we are telling is all about family; it’s about love and memories, it’s about the stories we share as a family, from “do you remember that Christmas when…” to “back in my day…”
Dementia is a subject that is close to our hearts and if you feel could help us on this journey we would be so grateful…