Exchanging Dreams is a beautifully constructed work built around the concept of two older friends reflecting on episodes in their lives and their friendship via song, dance and reminiscence.
The show was inspired by Annie’s Mother-in-law, Betty McCarthy, who was living with dementia. Her mood would completely change from distressed to elated when she sang and danced to her favourite songs and shared stories of ‘the old days’.
Jacqui and Annie decided that they wanted to ‘spread a little joy’ to other people living with dementia and so the idea to create a musical play built on reminiscence, was born.
Exchanging Dreams is an interactive immersive musical show exploring the relationship of two friends from their childhood to older age.
It includes drama, dance and music as well as film and familiar artefacts to stimulate the senses and provoke reminiscence and joy.
It can be accompanied with a reminiscence workshop, using objects, music and film to stimulate memories.
The play was created with the input of over 45 older people who shared their stories and favourite songs through a series of arts and reminiscence sessions.
Exchanging Dreams was created for older people, focusing on those living with dementias and elders from Caribbean communities.
Exchanging Dreams and its accompanying workshop, can be performed in residential homes, luncheon clubs, day centres, community halls or small theatres.
There are 4 people involved in the show, two performers and two live musicians.
Exchanging Dreams the show lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Timings can be slightly amended to fit the needs of your group.
There is an optional reminiscence based workshop for 45-60 mins that accompanies the show.
We will need an hour to set up.
We are happy to work around your schedules.
In order to provide the best performance we will need a minimum of 12ft x12 ft (3.5m x 3.5m) of space to perform in.
If your space is smaller please contact us and we will arrange a visit to see if we can accommodate.
‘It brought a tear to my eye.’
‘I loved the nurses; I was a nurse.’
‘They gave me wonderful memories of my childhood in Jamaica.’
‘I got a jaw ache from smiling all the time.’
‘You made my day in my winter years.’
‘I was crying, but left feeling so happy. Every song had a memory for me and it made me so emotional and I loved how you involved all of us. – thank-you so much.’
Volunteers, Carers and Staff observations of audience members
‘The residents reacted so positively to the images and objects.’
‘She was really upset this morning, but after your show she was as happy as anything.’
‘My client is completely non-verbal now, but she sang along to all your songs.’
‘The residents were all dancing, either in their seats, or those who could get up were dancing with the performers and volunteers.’
‘Absolutely wonderful and touching, it reminded me of my mother, I felt so emotional.’