Introducing Dementia Voices: an immersive piece by Manchester Camerata raising awareness of young onset dementia

Posted on May 8, 2019

This brand-new theatre piece has been created through a programme of public engagement and creative enquiry into the lived experience of young onset dementia.

Throughout 2018-19, Manchester Camerata has engaged with multiple dementia support groups across Greater Manchester to capture and tell the stories of younger people living with dementia. Shining a light on both the positives and negatives of living with dementia, the groups have considered how it affects someone of a younger age and their family and friends. The piece takes the audience through the journeys of four people. Each have been affected by young onset dementia – a mother and son, and a woman and her loving wife.

The piece aims to create a deeper understanding and knowledge of young-onset dementia. Younger people living with dementia, health professionals and carers have been consulted at each stage to truly reflect people’s varied and shared experiences. Through the process we’ve built the foundations for future work across Greater Manchester to continue to spread the message, form support groups in local areas and consider changes to services.

In keeping with the project’s aims, an informal music-making session and discussion will follow the performance (participation optional) which will look at what we can do in our local areas and create a space for everyone to talk openly. At each performance there will also be information on dementia support and activities in the local area.

This performance has been produced by Manchester Camerata with the kind support of the Wellcome Trust.

The performances will be taking place from Wednesday 19th June – Friday 21st June and Wednesday 26th June- Saturday 29th June

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