REELING IN THE YEARS - MOVIES & MEMORIES SCREENINGS AT THE TORCH THEATRE
As part of the Torch Theatre’s ongoing efforts to make our artistic programme and events more inclusive and accessible, we are pleased to introduce our ‘Movies & Memories’ film screenings.
The new ‘Movies & Memories’ screenings are designed to suit the needs of people living with dementia and memory loss, their family, carers and friends. Set in a relaxed environment, these films are shown with the house lights turned up and the sound levels turned down. Patrons can also sing along to any musical numbers should they wish to. Trained staff will also be on hand to give a very warm Torch Theatre welcome.
Peter Doran, the Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director about the new ‘Movies & Memories’ screenings said:
“So often a piece of music or an old movie will transport us back to a significant moment in our past, it’s a wonderful feeling and is often the switch to feed other memories; we hope that ‘Movies and Memories’ will do just that and hopefully spark conversations and inspire good feelings about themselves and the loved ones in their lives.”
‘Movies & Memories’ is a collaboration between the Torch Theatre and PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services). PAVS' Cherry Evans (Community Connector for Dementia Supportive Communities) added:
"I am so delighted that the Torch Theatre are going to be holding Movies and Memories screenings. The screenings will enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment. For a person living with dementia, watching a film in the cinema has many benefits. It can promote activity and stimulation of the mind, can be an important tool of reminiscence, and is associated with relaxation, engagement and, above all, enjoyment."
The first ‘Movies & Memories’ screening will be the classic 1953 Hollywood musical, ‘Calamity Jane’, showing on Tuesday 22 October, at 2.00pm. In this much-loved, light hearted musical, Doris Day stars as the famous female sharpshooter Calamity Jane, would rather hit targets than chase men until she falls for ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok (Howard Keel). Its soundtrack includes such memorable songs as "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)", "Just Blew in from the Windy City" and the Oscar-winning ballad "Secret Love".
Tickets for the screening on Tuesday 22 October are priced at £6.00 each, and entitle patrons to a Special Offer of a cup of tea or coffee with a slice of cake from Café Torch for £3.25 as part of their visit. For more information or to book tickets visit torchtheatre.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01646 695267.
MOVIES & MEMORIES: CALAMITY JANE (U)
Tuesday 22 October, 2:00pm; The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Ticket Price: £6.00. Special Tea/Coffee & Cake Offer: £3.25