This 18 month project extended our work with the Southampton and Eastleigh Alzheimer' Society and was made in association with The Point, Eastleigh.
It saw Su and Catherine from Platform 4 working with the artist Gerry White who combines photographic animation with archival material and Pete Flood, percussionist and arranger for the celebrated band Bellowhead. We also involved one of The Point's Associate Artists, emerging installation artist Nicky Bellenger and dancer Sacha Lee.
We worked with Connections Club a social club for people with early onset dementia and their carers and Singing for the Brain groups. Spending time meeting lots of people and with their help, creating a body of research over a substantial period of time. The work created and the people who inspired us were collated into a unique event: A Headphone Walk: Memory Point (S) around some of the unseen and hidden places of The Point's building and open to the general public in Spring 2012.
MEMORY POINTS BOOK
PARADISE GARDEN ANIMATION
Gordon and Doreen have lived in Southampton for many years. Doreen moved from London in 1967 and Gordon was born and lived in Southampton all his life. They have been married 39 years.
Many of those years were spent as florists in Shirley.
They enjoy life together, spending happy holidays abroad in recent years. They love travelling to Tenerife and enjoy the exotic flowers and the warm climate.
Listening to music is a real comfort; lush, romantic music such as Delius's: A Walk in Paradise Garden. They keep zebra finches.
All these influences and their own very particular connection to each other and to life have inspired us with the making of this piece.
This photo animation piece above featured in The Point's Spring/Summer exhibition WITHOUT BORDERS in 2011 and in the final event. A 3 minute looped photoanimation film and a 3D piece inspired by Gordon and Doreen's life and utilises their family photographic material.
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Our book has now been officially launched with a lovely event at the Theatre Royal Winchester in April.
So we can now invite you to purchase a copy at the extremely reasonable price of £20 plus £3 pounds postage - all profits to the Alzheimer's Society.
The book documents in beautiful pictures and prose, the story of Platform 4's four years work in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society's Connections Club, a club for people with early onset dementia and their supporters. It is an exquisite object for your coffee table and tells an uplifting and celebratory tale of artists being inspired by the stories of the people they met.
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For Winchester Platform 4 had a super time working with their Singing for Well Being group and as a result created a new piece of sound and music inspired by them for the core show - our Winchester group can also be heard singing in the ticket booth! Here are some images of us all enjoying a cup of tea and a dance at the end of a special preview of the show.
Listen to the tracks created from our Winchester Group.
Winchester's Singing for Well Being provide a weekly singing session in term-time for clients who have early to moderate memory loss, associated with Alzheimers and other dementias, and who probably have had a doctor's diagnosis of this. The sessions take place every Monday morning, 11 - 12.30, in the Hall of the United Church in Winchester. The sessions include refreshments and socializing for the first half-hour. The structure of the session and the content is intended to spark memories of songs known from the clients' youth, as well as providing gentle exercises associated with singing, and "puzzle" songs and rounds, stimulating memory and brain activity.
For Poole we worked for a week in The Aldbury Dementia Care home and filled their summer house with paper flowers in preparation for a high tea at the end of the week - residents will also come and see their work displayed when the show tours to Poole in September 2013.
"I came away feeling like I'd really witnessed and been part of something unique, and was charmed, moved and enriched in equal measures."
- Total Theatre Review
"Platform 4's remarkable collage-style promenade piece."
- Lyn Gardner https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/jul/02/memory-points-lyn-gardner-review
"Memory Points at the Theatre Royal is unforgettable"
"I have just come out grinning with a skip in my step. Lovely memories, thank you.
Audience Feedback at Winchester Theatre Royal. - Read FULL Audience Feedback PDF Here
Memory Points was voted one of the Guardian Critics Top 10 Theatre Shows for 2013. www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/dec/31/best-theatre-2013-how-writers-voted
"Platform 4's strong visual approach creates theatrical rough magic." - The Guardian
Theatre Pick of the Week in The Guardian.
"I came away feeling like I'd really witnessed and been part of something unique, and was charmed, moved and enriched in equal measures." - Total Theatre Review http://totaltheatre.org.uk/platform-4-memory-points/