When everything goes wrong – that's when adventure starts - Yvon Chouinard
What does the word adventure mean to you? At Setting the Scene this week we posed our group the same question and received some surprising answers. Over a cup of tea and a biscuit, we showed our participants a selection of short adventure films and trailers, from 86 year old actor Sheila Hancock conquering the high peak of Sulivan in the Scottish highlands while filming Edie, to acrobats and musicians on high wires, there was a little bit of everything, even a wild swimming film starring our own practitioner Rachel by local brand Millican.
The stories encouraged our group to share memories from their own adventures: we discovered that both of our Ians had been in the navy and had sailed all over the world. Mary-Gay had travelled extensively in Africa during her childhood and Evelyn had travelled to New Zealand to look after the horses with her father. It was fascinating to hear such unique stories from the participants. Following on, we collated all of our stories and added a bit of imagination to make a performance poem accompanied by some lovely pieces of music from around the world. In fact the music was so nice, we decided to break half-way through and enjoy a bit of a dance!
We decided that adventure was something that you feel, and it doesn't have to be to distant lands or place the adventurer in mortal peril. For example, new member Edna remembered the sense of independence that she felt when she got her first bike: "It was liberating, I could go wherever I wanted and I went all over.” We decided that the word adventure meant to be free, to travel unrestricted from stress and constraints; for this sense of liberty to lift the spirits up and above the noise and humdrum of the everyday.
Our group hope that you like our definition. Afterwards, we ended the session with a sing-along to She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. This week, we learned that our participants are a very adventurous bunch. We look forward to hearing more of their stories next week for a different theme.
Setting the Scene is a series of creative sessions provided by Theatre by the Lake, run with support from Amy's Care for people living with dementia and their carers. Sessions are free to attend and are on Thursday mornings at 11.00 - 12.30.
The current block of Setting the Scene will run until 28th June. Occasionally sessions take place at alternative locations. For more information, please contact Mary Elliott on 017687 72282 ext. 269.
To hear more about or contribute to Theatre by the Lake's work in Dementia please call our Box Office on 017687 74411.