We’ll Be In Touch
- 19 May 2021 - 19 May 2022
- On Tour / External
We’ll Be in Touch is a unique project about older people supporting other older people via a creative phone service, developed in response to the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021
The project began in January 2021 following a partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre and Together Dementia Support, supported by Small Things.
Volunteers from the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Elders' Company led creative phone calls with participants from Together Dementia Support creating an anthology of poems; and a new spoken-word podcast of poetry.
The project was led by the Elders Leaders - graduates of the Elders Company - who volunteer to support the Elders programme. Participants from Together Dementia Support were partnered with an Elders Leader, who telephoned them once a week for a month.
During each call, the Elders Leader shared a piece of text (a poem, song lyric or verse from Shakespeare), invited a conversation about it and then posed a series of questions which led to the creation of a brand new poem.
A short film, commissioned by the DISRUPT Festival 2021, explores the project and the positive effects this has had on participants and volunteers alike over the last year.
A live-streamed panel event also took place to bring together volunteers and participants along with Andy Barry (Elders Programme Producer) from the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lucy Temby (Dementia Group Leader) from Together Dementia Support and Liz Postlethwaite from Small Things who helped develop the programme.
- Event Information
WE’LL BE IN TOUCH poetry is free to listen below and on our sound cloud 19 May 2021 - 19 May 2022.
WE’LL BE IN TOUCH Film is free to view below 26 May 2021 - 19 May 2022.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
To donate via text, you can text '5ROYALEXC' '10ROYALEXC' or '20ROYALEXC' to 70085 to donate £5, £10 or £20
- Creative Team
WE’LL BE IN TOUCH is a Royal Exchange Theatre production in partnership with Together Dementia Support and developed with Small Things.
With special thanks to LUCY TEMBY, SALLY FERRIS and LIZ POSTLETHWAITE
ANDY BARRY Director and Producer
BILL CONNOR Composer
GRAHAM GILLIS Additional Poetry
MATTHEW SIMS Sound Design
CLAIRE BROWN Elders Programme Coordinator
WE'LL BE IN TOUCH FILM is a DISRUPT commission created by Royal Exchange Theatre and Together Dementia Support
With special thanks to HELEN, EVELYN, ROBERT, MALCOLM, and all the STAFF and VOLUNTEERS at TOGETHER DEMENTIA SUPPORT.