In April, the film will be part of our well-being resource to be used within care-homes and community groups.
The story is told through the letters the Normandy Veterans wrote to their loved ones in Portsmouth, we have also included songs from this era and genuine images of Portsmouth taken during WW2. Red Sauce Theatre would like to thank all those cast members involved in this project and The D-Day Story Museum and NMRN for its support and guidance during the project.
In September 2020 we were approached by Roni Edwards from Pamodzi Creatives , we created a PHSE scheme of work as part of a well-being strategy to implement into local primary schools returning back after the Covid 19 Pandemic. Working with artists from dance/drama/art, we delivered a unique histrical interpretation where a time travelling victorian lady is lost visits the school and talks about the Spanish Flu, the conversation and storytelling develops into the corralation of the two pandemics with the message that all will be well. Breathing techniques and centering yourself were taught to the pupils as well as hygiene around illnesses and disease, also reflecting on Florence Nightingales teaching. (Keys stage 1 & 2). We also looked at two books “The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse” and “The Colour Monster” The artist were able to generate and work freely around their interpretation of the books and their meaning of emotional well-being.
Red Sauce Theatre (RST) were commissioned by The D-Day Story to create a performance piece using the letters sent by the soldiers in Normandy to their loved ones in Portsmouth. We were asked to perform on the MV Bouddica in front of the WW2 veterans and performed at The New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, The Portsmouth Festivities and The Portsmouth Volunteer Awards. Throughout the project, we met veterans including John Jenkins who wrote to his grand daughter Diane and also Shirley Whittle who made made a flag for the troops to take on D-Day.
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In 2015, RST were awarded £10,000 by The Arts Award to deliver workshops within care homes in Portsmouth and to work with the carers of those living with dementia, the classes were held at The Kings Theatre in Southsea, please see Drama and Dementia to watch the video of the process.
We created Sensory books of their experiences, full of the poems, memories, sketches and plays we created during the process, each person was given their own book to remember us by.
We also delivered creative sessions to carers, they enjoyed time chatting about their experiences, we delivered some improvised sketches and forum sketches from their experiences. We also looked at drama as a therapy, creating their own character profiles, diaries, games and ideas for practitcal well-being and spaces at home for themselves
Rachel received an International Normination for Arts and Dementia Work in 2015
Rachel Goodall and the cast, devised a piece of theatre with a cast of people living with dementia who performed to a live audience of family and friends. The performance piece was based on a lady who was struggling with her mother who was living with dementia and the problems she faced.
To read the document please press Dementia Project Report.
We later performed the play at Portsmouth Cathedrals Mental Health Festival