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1st Oct 2019

Setting the Scene: The Cockney Pub

After a short break Setting the Scene resumed down at the pub for the beginning of a brand new block as part of our down at the pub theme. Over a cuppa and a choice of favourite chocolate biscuit bars, we enjoyed a catch up with the group and asked everybody about their favourite tipple. Practitioner Jenn was partial to a gin, whilst Ian enjoyed a creamy Guinness, Tommy was a self-professed lager man and Margaret enjoyed the occasional glass of red wine. At the end of asking everybody we recapped all the most popular drinks. "You can’t drink all that,” said Keith. "We could give it a good go,” quipped Ian.

To recreate some of the atmosphere of the local boozer, we shared some tasters of non-alcoholic larger, ale and cider. 

Following on, we had a laugh at the concept of beer goggles. We passed round some sparkly star glasses to music and when the music stopped we asked the participant to wear the beer goggles and read us a cheesy chat up line. Oh, did we giggle. Would you be impressed by:

Are you tired? Because you’ve been running around my mind all day.

We fear that we may have returned dateless and with a few fake phone numbers. However, our favourite real life chat up line was told by Brian, used by a relative at a young farmers’ event. Who boldly started up a conversation with a lovely young lady with the line: "So what kind of tractor do you drive?” We enjoyed this story very much and are pleased that this chat up line was better received than ours.

We also had fun with some Cockney rhyming slang-themed Pictionary where members drew items such as "apples and pears” (stairs) and "bees and honey” (money) and some pub-themed charade challenges such as pulling a pint and counting change. We loved Mary-Gay’s rendition of dancing a jig.

Afterwards we had a sing-along to Oom-Pah-Pahand Wouldn’t It Be Loverly. The session ended with a movement activity to Happy Together. We feel that the singing and dancing faultlessly recreated the feeling of last call at the pub!

It was a lovely beginning to the new block, whilst the offerings today were strictly non-alcoholic, we hope our group left all the merrier for their visit to us. We look forward to welcoming everybody back next week for a new theme. Do we know what the new theme is yet?

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.

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