Today’s Spotlight On… is with Nyree Kingsbury, our Community & Education Officer!
What does your role at the Wyvern Theatre entail?
My role involves mainly working with local community groups, schools/colleges and young people. The days are varied – one minute you can be facilitating a poetry session in the Memory Café and next you can be elbow deep in glue and glitter making a Gruffalo mask at a children’s workshop! I am also the Production Co-Ordinator for our Summer Youth Project; a 2 week event in August where 150+ young people come to the Theatre to learn, rehearse and then perform 5 shows on the professional stage.
What do you like about the Theatre?
I find working in the Theatre very positive. It is a very creative industry and there is always something going on whether it is a conference, a workshop, hospitality event or a get-in for a show. Working in the theatre is not always about putting on a show – it is about the whole experience and I enjoy the chance to offer the best service and care that I can.
What can you tell us about the brand-new ‘Memory Music‘ sessions?
Research has shown that singing together helps people living with dementia as well as their carers and family alike. We hope that these sessions will bring people together to experience the therapeutic benefits of music and singing. During the sessions, old classics are mixed with new songs, as well as combining actions, rhymes, rounds and playing musical instruments. No experience is necessary, and the idea is to above all share a laugh and enjoy the experience.
What inspired you to set up the ‘Memory…’ series of events as a whole?
I was approached by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Dementia Action Alliance to work with them to make Swindon a dementia friendly town. Together with various businesses, the Council, libraries, the Police, leisure facilities etc we are working to provide services and activities to help to achieve this. The “Memory” events help promote nostalgia and reminiscence whether it is through events in the Café, films at the Arts Centre or music in the singing sessions.
What are you looking forward to about the new season of programming?
What is your favourite item from our brand-new Showstopping Food & Drink menu?
It all tastes good, however my favourite dishes (is it OK to choose 2?) are the Brie and Blueberry tart with apple salad and the Thai jackfruit curry – delicious!