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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 17 other venues across the UK: Picturehouse at FACT in LiverpoolWem Town Hall in ShropshireChorley Little TheatreLudlow Assembly RoomsTheatr ColwynOldham Coliseum and Light Cinema Experience in New Brighton on The Wirral, Oldham ColiseumTheatr ColwynLight Cinema Experience in WisbechLight Cinema Experience in CambridgeLight Cinema Experience in WalsallLight Cinema Experience in Bolton, Light Cinema Experience in ThetfordLight Cinema Experience in SheffieldStephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and Hyde Park Picture House Cinema in Leeds.

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, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The University of Lancaster.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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A Chump at Oxford (U)
Monday 28 January, 2pm

After a job that ends in disaster, the boys are reduced to sweeping streets, and accidentally capture a bank robber.

The grateful bank president sends them to Oxford for a proper education.

Screening as part of our strand of events which aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families – though everyone is welcome.

Dir: Alfred J. Goulding 
1939 USA 65mins (+20min Interval) 
With: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

TICKETS:  £6.50 (CONCESSIONS £5.50)

Click HERE to book tickets

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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Mary Poppins Returns (U)
Monday 25 February, 2pm

In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss.

Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Screening as part of our strand of events which aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families – though everyone is welcome.

Dir: Rob Marshall 
2018 USA 130mins 
With: Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep 

TICKETS

£6.50 Full Price (£5.50 Concessions £4.50 Under 18’s)

Click HERE to book tickets

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

On Thursday 17 & Friday 18 May 2018, we held a unique two day festival, exploring how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

This event included 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.

Click the video below to see an overview of Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival.

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.

Click here to read a reflective poem by ALMO Storytelling Artist Steve Fairclough – based on the responses of the festival participants.

Click here to view the festival gallery

Click the video to see one of the workshops delivered by Still Me at the festival.

Still Me is a person-centered, participative multi-arts group for people living with dementia and their caregivers. It is one strand of A Life More Ordinary at the Dukes.

There are four artists involved in the delivery of Still Me and a multitude of positive outcomes have arisen from this unique, collaborative process-led project.

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.

Please check back for dates and times of next terms sessions.

Let’s Dance

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

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

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

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

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.

Please check back for dates and times of next terms sessions.

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.

Still me toolkit

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Still Me is a person-centred, participative multi-arts group for people living with dementia and their caregivers.  It is one strand of A Life More Ordinary, a dementia arts programme at The Dukes, Lancaster, which aims to offer greater choice, and accessibility to the creative arts for people living with dementia, not only those diagnosed with the condition but also their friends, family members and carers.

There are 4 artists involved in in the delivery of Still Me and a multitude of positive outcomes have arisen from this unique collaborative process-led project.  The team aims to craft each session whilst always intending to remain responsive by offering an experience that is co-created by the people in the room.

This Still Me Toolkit aims to support artists working with people living with dementia.  Although each project, participant, environment and artist is very different, this overview intends to bring together some of the key considerations we feel would be useful when delivering work in a range of settings.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE TOOLKIT

We welcome any feedback and ideas you may have about the Toolkit. Please contact Gil Graystone ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org.

So far, the programme has been rolled out to 15 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.

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 and The University of Lancaster.

Journeying Together: An Unforgettable Pilot Project

A 6 month pilot project funded by Esmee Fairbairn 2013/14

An innovative , creative project delivered by The Dukes in partnership with Age UK Lancashire  to enable people with memory problems or people living with dementia and their partners or family members to enjoy cinema and arts activities in a ‘dementia friendly’ environment.

Professor Christine Milligan and Dr Katherine Froggatt from Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University were consultants to this evaluation, giving advice on overall evaluation design and commenting on the final report.

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A Life More Ordinary Final Evaluation Report 2018

Professor Christine Milligan and Rahena Mossabir, Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research

A comprehensive report focussing on the outcomes of A Life More Ordinary, a three year cinema and arts project based at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

Following the success of the pilot project, Journeying Together, The Dukes expanded and progressed the work through a three year project designed to:

– Develop a dementia friendly film-screening model that could be rolled out to other venue across UK.

– Continue and extend the programme of workshops offered at The Dukes

– Develop a new participatory theatre group at The Dukes for people with dementia and their family members

Click here to read