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Cherwell residents capture memories in moving theatrical performances

17 April 2015

A road-show of plays in Cherwell has captured a recollection of beautiful memories, thanks to a partnership with Sanctuary Housing, local charity the Patsy Wood Trust and the Oxford Concert Party.

Taking place in March and April, the ‘Memory Exchange’ events at eight Sanctuary retirement living schemes and care homes saw residents turn their memories into life with colourful drama and music.

Residents rummaged through their belongings to re-discover objects that had a special meaning in their life. Experiences, life-stories and reflections were shared and then brought into performances led by the Oxford Concert Party.

The Oxford Concert Party work in residential homes and schools making music accessible to all and igniting emotions and creativity through their performances.

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary Housing’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, said:

“It’s lovely to hear the sessions were so successful and that residents were talking about their life-stories long into the day.

“The performances encouraged the older generation to remember their personal stories through the powerful media of drama and music.

Rachel Kuhn, 88 year-old resident at Sanctuary Care’s Iffley Residential and Nursing Home, added: “It was a unique idea – I have never seen a performance quite like it. The performers tried really hard to put on an excellent show all about memories.”

This event was part-funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.