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A LIFE MORE ORDINARY

Our pioneering project, A Life More Ordinary, gives people living with dementia and memory loss more choice, more control and greater access to leisure and cultural opportunities at The Dukes. Crucially, it is a project which takes place in ‘ordinary’ public settings, not in care or medical settings. The intention is that people can feel that they are able to come to an ‘ordinary’ social event, alongside other members of the public.

A Life More Ordinary welcomes everyone to the regular film screenings and creative workshops, creating a supportive, caring experience for loved ones and families to enjoy together.

The programme, led by The Dukes, has been rolled out to 13 other venues across the UK: Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool; Wem Town Hall in Shropshire; Chorley Little Theatre; Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Oldham ColiseumTheatr Colwyn and Light Cinema Experience in New Brighton, Light Cinema Experience in Wisbech, Light Cinema Experience in Cambridge, Light Cinema Experience in Walsall, Light Cinema Experience in Bolton, Light Cinema Experience in Thetford, Light Cinema Experience in Sheffield.

We are inviting other venues to join the A Life More Ordinary Programme.  Anyone interested can contact Gil Graystone, Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer: ggraystone@thedukes-lancaster.org

“I am particularly impressed by the events from which my 92 year old mother in law not only enjoys but visibly benefits from singing along in the film interval brings back the woman we used to know”  Family member

“It’s nice that there are things like this going on. You don’t feel as isolated.”  Carer

“I come home feeling full of contentment and joy…”  Participant

For more information on the project itself please click here.

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Free teas, coffees and pastries are provided at all of our creative sessions and film screenings, courtesy of Cumberland Building Society.

 

Supported by Esmee Fairbairn, The Rayne Foundation, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, The Evan Cornish Foundation, The Elspeth J Thompson Charitable Trust, Joseph A Jones Solicitors, Age UK Lancashire, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The University of Lancaster.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our A Life More Ordinary daytime film screenings are presented in association with AGE UK Lancashire and everyone is welcome.  These film screenings have a relaxed atmosphere so that people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please.  Each screening has an interval with live entertainment.

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The King and I (U)

Mon 19 February – 2pm

(finishes approx. 3.55pm)

Schoolteacher and widow Anna Leonowens travels to Siam to teach its King’s Children.

During the course of their stay, she enlightens the King as to changing times, and helps him reassess his relationship with one of his several wives.

 

Tickets:  £4
Carers go free

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Tea coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm
Light lunches are also available to buy in the The Dukes Cafébar

 

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Easter Parade (U)

Mon 19 March – 2pm

(finishes approx. 3.40pm)

A nightclub owner hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner, in order to to make his former partner jealous and to prove he can make any partner a star.

This classic 1948 Hollywood musical stars Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and features many timeless songs including “Easter Parade” and “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”

Tickets:  £4
Carers go free

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Tea coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm
Light lunches are also available to buy in the The Dukes Cafébar

 

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The Lady-Killers (U)

Mon 16 April – 2pm

(finishes approx. 3.30pm)

Five oddball criminals plan to rob a bank, drawing up plans inn the rented room of an elderly widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

This highly-regarded 1955 British comedy classic stars Alec Guiness, Cecil Green and Peter Sellers.

Tickets:  £4
Carers go free

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Tea coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm
Light lunches are also available to buy in the The Dukes Cafébar

 

Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival

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A unique 2 day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

‘A Life More Ordinary’ at The Dukes in Lancaster, invites people living with dementia, family  friends, health and care professionals, artists, researchers and, clinical commissioning teams, to share and discover some of the ground-breaking ways that the arts help us understand dementia better and play an invaluable part in how we journey through life together.

This event will include keynote speakers, performances and workshops by some of the most pioneering artists, practitioners, researchers and extraordinary people, working with people with dementia, in a variety of settings and in unique ways.

Please join us to share your insights.

A Life More Ordinary is a 3 year project led by The Dukes, which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families, by providing fun creative activities and film screenings in an adapted environment 

There are a limited number of Early Bird tickets available until January 2018. General release tickets will be announced soon; keep posted for updates, key note speakers and activities.

Date Time
Thursday 17 May 10am – 10pm
Friday 18 May 10am – 6pm

Click here to purchase tickets

For further information contact:  ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org 

 

CREATIVE SESSIONS

Our creative sessions are fun afternoons, led by an experienced facilitator.  No experience is necessary, and they are relaxed sessions where you can meet people and spend time trying out a creative activity.

Let’s Dance

Mondays 22 January & 23rd April

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Create your own unique movements and dances based on familiar songs , new poems and different dance styles.

Led by Anna Daly, this is a fun-filled afternoon dancing together!

I’ve Got A Story To Tell

Mondays 26 February & 21 May

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Join regular writer Steve Fairclough for an enjoyable afternoon collectively creating a group story.

Inspired by photographs and using your imagination,  together we bring interesting characters and stories to life.

Sing Out

Monday 26 March

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Nothing lifts the spirits like a good old-fashioned singalong, especially when it’s shared as part of a group.

Led by Helen Longworth (who also leads the ALMO interval singalongs) with an accompanist to allow us to go at our own pace.

Come and spread a little happiness!

Patchwork Stories

Monday 11 June

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Working with artist Rebecca Willmott this workshop combines simple hard printmaking techniques, embroidery and drawing to create and illustrated patchwork. Each participant will design a fabric square inspired by their own stories, memories and familiar patterns which will be stitched together to create a collaborative patchwork.

Storytelling & Dance

Monday 9 July

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Regulars Steve Fairclough and Anna Daly team together to deliver movement based stories linked to local themes. Guaranteed laughter and surprises!

 

All creative sessions are FREE to attend, but places are limited so please book in advance. Tickets are to book online or by calling our Box Office on 01524 598500.

All of our creative sessions are run by highly experienced facilitators. 

Please note that pastoral care is not provided at A Life More Ordinary events – a friend, family member or carer must also attend.

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Free teas, coffees and biscuits are provided at all of our creative sessions and film screenings, courtesy of Iceland supermaket.

 

Supported by Esmee Fairbairn, The Rayne Foundation, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, The Evan Cornish Foundation, The Elspeth J Thompson Charitable Trust, Joseph A Jones Solicitors, Age UK Lancashire and The University of Lancaster.

So far, the programme has been rolled out to 13 venues across the UK:

 

Over the course of the programme’s first year, ‘A Life More Ordinary’ welcomed 1,878 participants to our screenings, creative sessions and events.

We are now in year 3 of the programme and will continue to develop the venues to include a further 2 across the UK by the end of July 2018.

For more information on how to get involved in A Life More Ordinary please email our Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer, Gil Graystone, at ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org.

Click on the video below to find out how FACT in Liverpool have been developing the project:

Supported by Esmee Fairbairn, The Rayne Foundation, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, The Evan Cornish Foundation, The Elspeth J Thompson Charitable Trust, Joseph A Jones Solicitors, Age UK Lancashire and The University of Lancaster.