Meadow Rose Care Home have been working with the local theatre company Women and Theatre on their new performance ‘Women of Longbridge’. Our residents/staff and visitors have contributed stories and memories of Longbridge and working at the Austin Rover factory.
Women and Theatre is a female-led company with a values-driven ethos. Their artistic and operational methodology is grounded in an open, collaborative and solution-focussed philosophy. Their focus is not limited to women’s experiences and we work with a wide cross section of the community on a range of issues.
Women & Theatre exists to create exciting drama projects about things that matter. They produce high quality new theatre of contemporary relevance reflecting the lives and experiences of ordinary people.
They’ve created productions that have toured to residential care homes and community centres, developed professional productions with Looked After Young People, and established a successful community comedy course programme for diverse groups.
Below are the comments from Emma and Gladstone, who have worked with our residents at Meadow Rose Care Home:
“It’s been a delight to see the residents at Meadow Rose. It’s been really interesting listening to peoples’ stories of Longbridge and their experience working at the Austin Factory. Their stories have been used to develop our song and script for the Longbridge show on the 23rd June. Gladstone and myself have loved performing the key Longbridge song to all of the residents’ relatives and staff.”
Meadow Rose Care Home & Women and Theatre have worked together on the following projects:
Spring Has Sprung – April 2016
This was an hour-long performance. There were discussions about spring cleaning, flowers and birds and then sung some spring songs. It was a lovely mix of performance, and reminiscence.
Autumn Tales with Women and Theatre – Research in September 2016 and Performance in the November 2016
This time we helped Women and Theatre with the content of their performance. Residents and relatives talked about what Autumn meant to them, which holidays they celebrated and shared some family memories. We then got to see the performance a few months later. The set was particularly brilliant, with a life size tree and a pumpkin patch.
Summer Time with Women and Theatre 2016
This performance used multiple languages and celebrations from different countries around the world. There was less reminiscence, but it was a lovely way to learn something new.
Christmas Box – December 2015
An hour-long performance with funny stories, Christmas traditions from all around the world and mince pies. We also talked about our favourite toys, visits from Santa, and snow days followed by a quick game of pass the parcel. It was a lovely mix of performance, and reminiscence.