c21 Theatre Company, one of Northern Ireland’s leading theatre companies, is collaborating with care & nursing homes across the country on a unique project. Through The Glass’ The Reminiscence Project’ creatively interacts with residents stimulating conversations and encouraging them to share stories from their past. A selection of these stories will be developed into theatrical films and shared with residents and councils.
The project, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through its National Lottery Fund, regional councils and Doyle Shipping Group, features five short theatrical films based around the theme of home, community, school days, work and going out.
It provides employment to 11 professionals over 22 weeks as well as creating innovative social interaction with the participating nursing and care homes (operating within COVID-19 guidelines). The films will feature actors, music, visuals and poetry and will be broadcast between November and December on c21 Theatre’s YouTube Channel and social media platforms.
c21 Theatre Company worked with the education departments within local museums to supply reminiscence loan boxes to the nursing and care homes who used them in workshops facilitated by the activity coordinators located in the homes.
The loan boxes contained historical items ranging from powdered milk from WWII to 1970s shoes. The stories gathered provided the project’s writers Gary Wilson, Tom Rowntree-Finlay and poet Shelley Tracey with content for brand new work for the films. The films which are directed by Stephen Kelly and produced by Donna Hunter, feature local actors Colm McCready, Christina Nelson, Debra Hill, and Eoghan Lamb
Through The Glass’ The Reminiscence Project will be broadcast on c21 Theatre Company’s YouTube channel over a five-week period between November and December. Follow the Project on c21 Theatre Company’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.