Before todays blog…..apologies for the confusion on yesterdays blog. You may have got a ‘Test’ blog from my daughter yesterday – ignore and delete. WordPress had updated some settings yesterday which meant none of you got my blog at the usual time, however Gemma fixed it for me and we were able to publish the blog late, but all is well in my world again…..
And so to todays……..
Yesterday saw me in Leeds having the wonderful opportunity to visit the West Yorkshire playhouse for my second visit to a performance of Strictly Ballroom. Yes you read right, my second visit – a very good advantage of having dementia…..
I went to a non dementia friendly performance at Christmas time with Stuart and Gemma and today I was able to compare it with a dementia friendly version..
I’d contacted the lovely Nicky Taylor, Community Development Manager, at the theatre in November asking if she could recommend seats that would be more suitable for me if I came with my family to the standard performance. She kindly asked the sound people to look into it and it resulted in us being allocated one of the Directors box.
Nicky then also told me about the dementia friendly performance and had asked me to write a blog about the whole experience. I had to think for all of a nano second whether to accept……….
Nicky was on holiday on the day of the show in December so her colleague was going to meet us.
I hadn’t appreciated how busy the theatre was on non dementia friendly days and found it very overwhelming. I even hinted that I’d do without a cuppa tea, such was the volume of people, but Stuart would hear nothing of it and me and Gemma went to find a seat while he queued and arrived back with a much needed cuppa
As the time approached for the show to start we made our way to the entrance only to have the good fortune to be greeted by Graham, Nicky’s colleague, who was able to show us to the wonderful directors box that Nicky had organised for us. This meant I had lots of room and wasn’t surrounded by lots of people.
They’d turned the extra sound off inside to hopefully dull the sound but I’d also come armed with my ear plugs as I’d been warned it was a loud show.
It certainly was very loud and there were many times when I jumped at the sudden noise, but we all had a wonderful time. It was certainly very different from how I remember the dementia friendly version, especially around lighting, sound and the sheer volume of people.
The theatre was chocca and looked like a sell out, which was lovely to see.
However, despite all the differences, due to the kindness of Nicky sorting out the box we had a wonderful time and with it being right at the back, a wonderful view and were buzzing for days afterwards.
I had a banging headache afterwards but just because my brain doesn’t like noise and lots of people – 2 things you can’t avoid if you want to enjoy the theatre!
So yesterday I was here to compare the last performance with todays dementia friendly one. My group from York, Minds and Voices, were also going but I was meeting them there.
But you’ll have to wait another day for that otherwise the blog will be an essay……….