Navigating Margaret: A Unique Approach to Boosting Dementia Awareness

We are thrilled to announce Navigating Margaret 2024 Rehearsed Readings, a summer initiative funded by Arts Council England and the Coventry, Solihull, and Warwickshire Fund. This exciting project will see the development of a brand-new dementia awareness play, Navigating Margaret, ahead of a full-scale tour in Autumn 2025.

A Story of Resilience and Awareness

Navigating Margaret is a powerful and moving theatrical production inspired by real-life experiences. Based on stories gathered from Arts Uplift’s successful Suitcase Stories project, the play delves into the journey of a Worcestershire woman living with Alzheimer’s dementia, exploring its impact on both her and her family.

The story unfolds uniquely, weaving together Margaret’s remarkable past as one of Worcestershire’s first female pilots with her present-day struggles. With a touch of fairy-tale magic, the play uses text, movement, and music to create a captivating blend of realism and abstraction. Four talented actors will bring the story to life, raising crucial awareness about dementia, a condition affecting 1 in 14 adults over 65.

Jenny Davis, Executive Director of Arts Uplift, says, “We are thrilled to be bringing this rehearsed reading of the play to Coventry and Warwickshire after such an overwhelmingly wonderful response to the play last time in Malvern, with an addition this time of some informative dementia awareness training. We are bringing some new actors into the company, which is exciting, and they have a challenge ahead of them playing multiple characters. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback and weaving this into the next stage.”

rehearsal for Navigating Margaret

The four actors in Navigating Margaret

Be Part of the Development Process!

Join Arts Uplift for the Navigating Margaret 2024 Rehearsed Readings taking place at:

  • 11am on 12th July at St Peter’s Apostle Church, Leamington Spa (a BSL performance)
  • 15th July at St Paul’s Church, Foleshill, Coventry
  • 18th July at Griff and Coton Sports & Miners Welfare, Nuneaton

These free rehearsed readings offer a unique opportunity to experience the play in its early stages. Four actors will perform a script-in-hand version with props, costumes, and music. Your feedback is invaluable! Following the reading, there will be a 30-minute session to share your thoughts and help shape the final production.

Deepen Your Understanding with Interactive Training

Following the morning session, Arts Uplift invites you to an optional dementia awareness training workshop from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. This free, two-hour interactive session is inspired by forum theatre practices, where audience participation actively influences the performance. Through excerpts from the show, discussions, and engaging activities, the workshop will provide practical tools and a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

The training is perfect for:

  • Carers and loved ones of people living with dementia
  • Care staff
  • Individuals interested in learning more about dementia
  • People with early-stage dementia seeking an interactive learning experience

The rehearsed reading is two hours long with an intermission and feedback session. All venues are fully accessible.

Space for the dementia awareness training is limited to 3 participants per session. To book your spot or inquire about larger group bookings, please contact info@artsuplift.co.uk.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of a vital conversation and witness the development of a powerful new play!

For more information and booking, visit: https://www.artsuplift.co.uk/navigating-margaret-the-tour/

Further Information: please reach out to Jenny at jenny@artsuplift.co.uk or call 07946 585978.

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