Memory Cinema with Nyree Kingsbury

We are delighted to present a series of film screenings at the Swindon Arts Centre, these screenings are part of Memory Cinema. Memory Cinema invites those living with dementia and a friend, family member or carer to come and enjoy a nostalgic film in the relaxed surroundings of Swindon Arts Centre in Old Town.

To find out more about Memory Cinema we sat down with Nyree Kingsbury who is our Community & Education Officer to find out more about it. Read the full chat below.

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Hi Nyree, Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, what is Memory Cinema?

Memory Cinema is a season of vintage/retro films aimed at audiences who are living with dementia and those that enjoy a more nostalgic era; it’s a chance to watch a film from a bygone age,  We encourage people to sing and dance during the screenings should they want.  The screenings are show in a relaxed format with low level lighting and sound, and patrons can come an go as necessary.  These films are free; all we ask is that you call the Theatre on 01793 524481 to book your space (especially if you require a wheelchair space).  Don’t worry you can also turn up on the day!

How accessible are the screenings?

The films are shown at the Swindon Arts Centre, which is a smaller venue.  There is a lift for patrons to the auditorium and there are 4 wheelchair spaces (with carer spaces next to them).  Free tea and coffee is available 45 minutes before the show.

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What inspired you to choose the films that are screening?

The films we are screening are screening are Carry on Camping (Thursday 24th May) and Singing in the Rain (Monday 18th June). We discussed the options with the Dementia Service Users in Swindon and they requested these films.  We tried to choose a mix of genres – musical theatre, comedy etc to encourage people to remember times past and sing along or laugh with the films.  They have a good story and/or memorable songs which act as an aide memoire for the patrons.

What is Memory Café and how regular are meet ups?

Memory Café is a monthly gathering where people living with dementia and their families meet to share time together, take part in activity or listen to a speaker and enjoy a piece of cake!  We have had a range of speakers including a local cheese producer (with samples!), Swindon History Society, Dementia specialist, local filmmakers, a solicitor, first aid, a tour of theatre, quizzes, local sausage producers and ice cream makers!  The next meeting is on 17 May from 10.30am to 12pm in the lower foyer of the Wyvern Theatre.  Access is through the usual entrances from Theatre Square or also via the side entrance (which is step free) – ideal for those who find steps a bit tricky or are in a wheelchair. This is a free service.

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How can people find out more information about Memory Cinema?

Please check the website swindontheatres.co.uk or call the Theatre on 01793 524481 for further information.

What future plans do you have for Memory Cinema?

We are piloting this season, to see how it develops.  If the audiences are interested we will try and see if we can continue to show these type of films and provide this service.  The aim is to encourage people with dementia to continue to come and enjoy watching films in a relaxed environment.  Swindon Theatres is working on initiatives such as these with the Dementia Action Alliance to make Swindon a Dementia Friendly Community.

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Find out more about Memory Cinema here: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-memory-cinema-may-2018

Find out more about our Memory Cafe: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/Memory_Café 

If you have any questions or would like to find out more please email Nyree Kingsbury, Community & Education Officer: nyree@wyverntheatre.org.uk 

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