This week our Setting
the Scene theme ‘autumn’ was inspired by the wonderful view from our
workshop room and the beautiful colours of the trees through the windows. Over
a cuppa and some Indian sweets (this time of year is also famous for the
celebration of Diwali) we chatted about autumn and what we love and loathe
about the season. Then using photographs and dried leaves we created our own
collages of autumn. Everybody’s creations were unique and very interesting.
Ron’s piece looked particularly atmospheric with golden leaves against the dark
blue of the night sky. Mary-Gay’s art was abstract and full of bold colours,
interesting shapes and patterns. Eric and Ailsa crafted a charming woodland
scene whilst Tommy had a stroke of genius making his piece 3D using conkers and
Next-up, using ideas from our chat about autumn we created
our own poem by writing either key words or some rhyming couplets about the season.
Our final poem flowed beautifully, some of our favourite extracts were:
"I like it when the leaves fall, they hit me first because I
"Golden leaves fall and crunch.”
"Leaves that fall and are tossed and then glisten in the
We did have quite a giggle about some blatant plagiarism
"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”… you know who you are. After Jenn
read our completed poem the room gave a little cheer and applause. After this,
we attempted to sing a hymn about autumn… where we learned that perhaps only
Jenn’s school sung about Autumn Days,
after a good laugh about the rest of us not knowing the lyrics, we sung about Leaves on the Trees instead.
It was a lovely session today and we all had a great time
reminiscing about the season, Brian commented that "we couldn’t have picked a
better theme for this week.” We’re glad our group approved and we look forward
to welcoming everybody back next week for a new 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.
Setting the Scene is now running until 19th December.
Sessions are usually based at Theatre by the Lake but occasionally move to
other locations. For more information, please contact Mary Elliott on 017687
72282 ext. 269.
We’d like to
thank the Hadfield Trust and our donors for supporting future sessions. To hear
more about the project or to contribute to Theatre by the Lake’s work in
Dementia please call our Box Office on 017687 74411.