Photography: Nick Barber
"The barriers for people with dementia accessing theatre are huge. Thank you for bringing this show to us. It's so important to enrich these people's lives."
Steven Watters, That Creative Thingy Wotsit CIC
an organisation championing creative approaches in dementia care
"The music is really wonderful. It suspends you in the moment."
Dawn Corse, occupational therapist & dementia specialist
"Thank you so much for coming. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
Resident, Fletcher House care home, Wells
"I love the theatre but it's hard to get there now with my chair. I loved how we became Alice and were transported to all these marvellous places. I'm so glad you came here."
Resident, Cote Lane Retirement Village, Bristol
Join us as we go on an adventure to Wonderland!
Choose a door and discover what's beyond. Perhaps you'll be dancing with turtles or investigating the suspicious theft of the Royal Jam Tarts!
Wonderland is a multi-sensory, interactive and intergenerational show, made in 2019.
Featuring original music, playful characters, plenty of opportunities to join in and the chance to experience the smells and even the tastes of Wonderland!
Wonderland is for an intergenerational audience where some of the members of the audience may be living with dementia, and has been designed to be toured to care homes and community settings.
The Making of Wonderland
by Rolling Pictures
The show was made at Creative Workspace in March 2019, and toured a mixture of community and theatre venues from April to July 2019. It was re-cast, re-designed and re-developed in September 2019 with kind support from Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol, and toured in October 2019 to Newcastle-under-Lyme where it was featured in the New Vic Theatre's Live Age Festival 2019, and to Cote Lane Retirement Village in Bristol as part of Age UK Bristol's Celebrating Age Festival.
Wonderland was kindly supported by Arts Council England, Bristol Ageing Better, Quartet Community Foundation, Wells Theatre Festival, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Age UK, That Creative Thingy Wotsit CIC and BID Clifton Village.
Dementia-sensitive theatre seminars and workshops
We led a seminar as part of Dementia Action Week 2019 in Bristol and a workshop in the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme in October 2019, about the process of making a dementia-sensitive show.
Hareclive Academy, Hartcliffe
Fouracres Academy, Withywood
St Peter's Primary, Bishopsworth
Parson Street Primary, Bedminster Down
Acer House Care Home, Weston Super Mare
Waverley Gardens, Withywood
New Beginnings (Age UK group), Withywood Centre
Whitchurch Primary School
Tilsey House Care Home, Weston Super Mare
Fletcher House, Wells
Priddy Folk Festival
Little Theatre, Wells
(part of Wells Theatre Festival)
Monday Club, BS3 Community, Southville
Belong Care Home, Newcastle Under Lyme
Cote Lane Retirement Village, Bristol