Out for Tea is a short theatre performance designed as a training tool for those working in the Health and Care sector. This engaging, wordless mask performance shows positive caring in action and practically demonstrate the importance of non-verbal techniques in caring for people living with dementia.
Based on characters in Vamos Theatre’s national touring production, Finding Joy, the performance features Joy, who has dementia, and her grandson Danny, who cares for her. We watch the relationship between them, the subtle learning that is taking place, the playfulness, and the acceptance. The two performers are accompanied by a live musician who interweaves music throughout.
Out for Tea is useful as a stand-alone training tool, or as a springboard for debate and discussion at Health and Care events.
Benefits and learning outcomes:
• Practically demonstrates the powerful effect of body language, mood, eye-contact, touch, and gesture, and their benefit in helping us make real and honest connections.
• Demonstrates confidence in reaching and connecting with people living with dementia
• Demonstrates an understanding of empathy, deep listening, insight, and trust, which feed into the Compassion in Practice 6Cs - care, compassion, courage, communication, commitment and competence.
• Provides humorous and memorable entertainment, with inbuilt learning
Scale: 2 actors + 1 musician(acoustic) Min. performance space: approx. 4m x4m Duration: approx. 20-30 mins (flexible)
Suitability: all Lighting and Sound: there are no lighting or sound requirements Min get in time: around 1hr depending on venue Max get out time: 1hr