Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Fund, amongst others, we will be doing an R&D on Navigating Margaret this summer with a plan to tour it next Autumn 2025!

Based on real-life stories gathered from Arts Uplift’s successful Suitcase Stories project in partnership with Museums Worcestershire, Navigating Margaret, is an exciting, diverse and high quality theatre production about a Worcestershire woman’s journey living with Alzheimers dementia and how it affects her family. Margaret was one of the first women to fly an aeroplane in Worcestershire and we also look back at her life from the 60s to the present day as her story unfolds. The play weaves text and movement with a fairy-tale feel to it mixing the real and abstract. Four diverse professional actors will help to tell the incredible stories and raise much needed awareness and education about dementia (1 in 14 adults over 65 years have dementia).

Audiences said
“It was exceptional- everyone should see it! I laughed and cried. The humility and tender representation was mind-blowing.”
“Great acting and excellently thought through script/lighting/music etc”
“It needs to go on tour”
“It was charming and poignant and so beautifully detailed, real emotional lift. Thank you”
“Thank you for sharing, it was so lovely and really touched my heart on the impact of dementia.”
“So pleased to give an outstanding review of Navigating Margaret by @arts_uplift Fingers crossed we haven’t seen the end of this creative, emotional and heart-warming production”

The original production was performed at Malvern Cube in Worcestershire with a cast of professional and community actors for 3 shows ONLY, Friday 24 and 2 shows on Saturday 25 March (relaxed performance 2pm) 2023. Written and directed by Helen Tennison, an International Director, the show beautifully brings to the stage the rich stories collected from Worcestershire residents, living with dementia and their carers. See PAST PROJECTS for more information about the Malvern show.

Below are some photos of the show by Keiko Ikeuchi.

Writer/Director Helen Tennison
Design by Zahra Mansouri
Sound by Matt Eaton
Lighting design by Dan Parry
Producer Arts Uplift Jenny Davis

Link to the film of the 2023 theatre show HERE

Link to the latest trailer HERE

We are looking to re-write the script and develop the show in Coventry and Warwickshire with 4 actors in the summer of  2024 and then tour it in Autumn 2025 across the Midlands/Oxfordhsire. So get in touch if you are a venue, want to donate or want to work in partnership! 07946 585978

In the meantime we are casting for 1 male actor (late 30s/40s) and 1 female actor (40s) of South Asian heritage. Click HERE  for the full professional actor call out. Deadline is 4 June and Zoom auditions are 6 June afternoon.



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