Our Partnership with Leeds Playhouse

Between October 2017 and March 2018, the BME Dementia Service worked in close partnership with Leeds Playhouse (WYP) to write a dementia friendly play about the lives and experiences of our service users, written by professional writer and dementia campaigner, Ming Ho. The play showcased the life stories of members of our Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café and explored their personal experiences of living with dementia and/or caring for someone with dementia. Ming spent time getting to know the group and we are very thankful to the group who generously shared their life stories and personal experiences. Together we explored how dementia impacts our relationships, personal identity and lifestyle, with particular focus on exploring culturally specific topics which effect people from BME communities. The play was shown alongside two other short plays and together they were entitled Three and was shown as part of LP’s Every Third Minute Festival.

After the original performance at LP, Three toured several community centres and care homes in Leeds to raise awareness of dementia, spread hope and stimulate conversations about dementia. We would also like to say a special thank you to Nicky Taylor, for bringing all of us together and giving us the opportunity to share the important life stories of our cafe members.

“The Leeds Playhouse project was a great opportunity for me. It was very special because I have never been to the theatre before and I got to learn about others and share my story too. It felt good knowing others could learn from my story too.” – Cafe member

“We need more things like this. It helps us get out and try new things. Things like this really help to raise public awareness of Dementia. I enjoy going to things like this, but I only feel able to go when I know it’s Dementia Friendly.” – Cafe member

Our visit to Leeds Playhouse to hear the first read-through of the Hamari Yaadain script

 

Hamari Yaadain Dementia Cafe members smile with writer Ming Ho

 

Hamari Yaadain Dementia Cafe members get ready to see the play!

 

A great day celebrating the first show of ‘Hamari Yaadain’ play during the Every Third Minute Festival