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Sanctuary residents bring ‘armchair theatre’ into the community

15 August 2017
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A group of Sanctuary Housing residents in Chester have been inspiring the community by taking their theatre performances on the road.

Senior Armchair Theatre (SAT), part of Sanctuary’s Group of Older People living in Sheltered Housing (GOSH Enterprises), attended the Tattenhall Over 50s (TOFFS) annual general meeting, held at the Barbour Institute, in Tattenhall.

They performed ‘Judge Trudy’, their own take on the popular TV show Judge Judy, as well as an instalment of ‘In the Scheme of Things’, part of a series of plays based on life in a retirement living scheme.

The shows for TOFFS are part of a wider tour that is seeing GOSH members visit various Sanctuary schemes to perform their distinctive seated armchair theatre shows.

The shows all carry themes of reminiscence, helping to reflect older people’s experiences and one of the upcoming performances will be at Sanctuary’s Purple Day celebration, an annual day for older people, taking place in October.

Michele Payne, Sanctuary’s resident involvement manager, said: “Community-led projects such as this are really important for our residents and the armchair theatre productions are always warmly welcomed by the audiences.

“As well as being fantastic shows, the performances are a great way to increase community spirit, reduce social isolation, bring residents together and help them live happy and fulfilled lives.”

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

If you would be interested in the GOSH Senior Armchair Theatre visiting you, please contact Michele Payne on 01244 305537 or email consult.chester@sanctuary-housing.co.uk