Announcing NHS Project with 2Tour Theatre

‘Memory box’ is a Performance Installation on the Beechdale Ward in Calderdale Royal Hospital. It will be performed by utilising the quiet lounge area in the ward.

The idea of the installation is to invite the audience which is strictly hospital staff and patients in small numbers to experience a room filled with the memories of the patients that they care for on a daily basis. We will be looking to engage with the audience via sensory experiences, such as smells, touch and hearing to allow the audience to be transported to a snap shot in time;  the lives and experiences of people staying on the ward.

People admitted to acute admission units within the Trust’s older people’s services such as Beechdale Ward often have great difficulty communicating their difficulties and having their stories and needs heard, understood and where necessary acted upon.

Staff who work in these units develop ways to best communicate with patients, and arts and health projects like this help staff discover more about a patient’s past; leading to better communication, improved relationships and better understanding of a person in order to best meet their needs.

2Tour Theatre have been on the ward for a full week, chatting and reminiscing.  This information is what will form the different elements that will be in the “Memory Box”.
This is a new project for 2Tour Theatre, as we venture into the Arts and Health sector, which is proving to be very exciting, informative and at times emotional.

For more information on the project, you can contact 2Tour Theatre directly and for Press enquires please contact Lisa Millett on 01924 327055 or lisa.millett@swyt.nhs.uk at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Thanks for reading

PAUL & ABI
Co-Artistic Directors

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'2Tour Theatre aim to inspire young audiences; influencing the future generation of theatre makers through movement based theatre.’
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3 Responses to Announcing NHS Project with 2Tour Theatre

  1. Carol Brierley says:

    Sounds really interesting. My mother is in a residential home in Royton. They are always looking for entertainment and stimulation for the residents, many who suffer from dementia. Are you considering taking ‘Memory Box’ further afield and maybe branching out into residential homes? If so I’m sure they would be interested in booking you.

    • 2tourtheatre says:

      Hi, Thanks for your comment,

      We are in the process of moving the project onto the next stage as it was a success at Calderdale Royal Hospital. So hopefully more info to follow soon.

      PAUL & ABI

    • 2tourtheatre says:

      Hi Carol,

      Not sure if we replied to your comment, thanks very much for reading the blog post. We are in the process of pitching to more parts of the trust and organisations with the project. However we are very excited that the project at Calderdale Royal has been noticed, and shortlisted for an excellence award. we have our fingers and toes crossed that it wins. It will mean a little more exposure that could lead to the Memory Box beening used much more widely. We’ll keep you updated. (Sorry if one us already replied) Thanks Again

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