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Theatre Cares A Life in Music (Group Two)

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Theatre Cares brings together individuals with mild to moderate dementia and their carers/partners for engaging and participatory music workshops that spark joy, curiosity and new friendships!

Research has proven that music improves the wellbeing of people living with dementia and can be a positive shared experience between loved ones. Join us at Norwich Theatre as we explore music in all its forms, from singing and song-writing, to getting hands-on with drums, chimes, and stringed and small percussion instruments. We will also be joined by a fantastic touring theatre company for a one-off guest music workshop – details to be confirmed!

What will I get from taking part?

“It can be anything from interesting, entertaining, and enjoyable in the sense that you’re sharing something that other people in the room also share, that they enjoy doing. It’s a kind of reaching out to each other. That’s the value of it for me.” Previous participant.

“These sessions are really important to me because I can see the benefit that R is gaining from them. He is lifted which lifts me and he really enjoys playing his music for other people and people appreciating that and it’s just lovely to see him so invigorated. There are few things now that do that.” Previous participant.

Who will be leading the project?

This project is an exciting collaboration between Musical Keys and Norwich Theatre! Our practitioners Tessa and Duncan are experienced in working with those with dementia, creating a safe space for you to feel at ease and connect with your creativity. Workshops are relaxed and set to a leisurely pace with small groups allowing for maximum contact with practitioners.

Workshops take place in Norwich Theatre’s Long Bar – a venue that is fully accessible, familiar and calm. The practitioners remain the same throughout the programme meaning you get to see the same friendly face each visit and relationships can be nurtured.

Do I need any particular skills or experience to take part?

No previous music or creative experience is necessary. All instruments are provided – but if you fancy bringing along your own then we encourage this!

I have additional needs. What support is available?
If you have accessibility requirements of any kind, please get in touch to discuss how best we can support you.

Theatre Cares is designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia and their partner or care-giver. The sessions are not suitable for those in residential care settings, or a later stage dementia diagnosis. If you wish to discuss suitability, please contact ‘   

Supported by the Alison Copley Charitable Trust Fund and the Norfolk Community Foundation through the Sheila Ann Day Fund.

Important information

1 free assisted adult ticket and 1 free chaperone (all tickets must be reserved)

2, 16 & 30 May
13 & 27 Jun
11 & 18 Jul

10 – 11:30am

Norwich Theatre Royal Long Bar

Please note:
This series of workshops is for those  with mild to moderate dementia. All participants must come with a carer. Tea, coffee and biscuits/cakes/pastries will be included in the offer at each session.

The space can be accessed via a lift. We also have an accessible toilet.

These sessions are not suitable for those in residential care settings, or a later stage dementia diagnosis.


Terms and conditions

Take Part Activities, Guidance and Terms & Conditions

Activities are dependent on minimum numbers participating, in the event that we need to cancel due to low participant numbers, a full refund will be given. We are unable to offer refunds in other circumstances.

We work hard to ensure best practise and the safety of all who attend our activities. To do this we have a number of policies and procedures in place to support our participants and visitors.

Please take a moment to read our Terms and Conditions ,Participants Guidance and associated policies. Alternatively paper copies are available at our reception in Stage Two

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