Were you a champion at the egg and spoon race? Or perhaps you were excellent at cross-country? At this week's Setting the Scene we took our participants back to their school sports day in a fun filled creative workshop. Over a cuppa and a cake slice, we asked our participants who loved and who loathed school PE (Physical Education).
As expected, we had people in both camps! It was wonderful to find out a bit more about our group, for example we never knew that Ian had been a county champion at freestyle swimming. Yet Edna never learnt to swim at all because after one lesson in the pool at Barrow, the facility was bombed and school swimming lessons suspended for all local children. Mary-Gay recalled attending a very progressive Steiner school in East Africa that didn't encourage competition in sports, but allowed them free-rein in the jungle! It was a lively session full of stories; practitioner Jenn told us all about Morecambe's swimming stadium and the ‘Aqua Lovelies', a ladies synchronised swimming group that performed impressive acrobatic routines there. Brian surprised us all with a wonderful story about a frankly bizarre variation of the game of polo played in Mongolia; we love his stories and all agreed that sports and dead sheep should never mix.
Following on, we challenged our group to a quiz. Team Hopscotch narrowly pipped team Cocker Spaniel to the post by guessing more Olympic sports in a tense tie-breaker question. In a bonus round, quiz leader Rachel asked the group, in which discipline were her school county medals? Much laughter ensued as people guessed from tiddlywinks to the 100m hurdles with John finally guessing the correct answer of discus. Afterwards, we had a bit of friendly competition of our own with a coconut shy. There were plenty of giggles as we asked our participants to knock down as many smiling coconuts with a soft ball as they could. Congratulations to Mary-Gay for smashing all three to become the winner.
The session finished today with a sing-along to Do You Ken John Peel and She'll Be Coming Round The Mountains. Whilst not everyone in our group loved school sports, at the end of today's session our members left with a smile after sharing memories of school PE (both good and bad!) to an appreciative audience. We look forward to welcoming everyone back for a different theme next week.
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 30th August. 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.