Fundraising for dementia show national tour

Steve Orme

Derby-based 1623 theatre company is raising money to take its double bill of adapted Shakespeare and new writing, Lear/Cordelia, and an associated workshop on a national tour.

The show, which explores how dementia impacts on family life, was performed in 2016 in Leicester and Derby. Both the show and the workshop, Lear’s Memory Box—a creative session that brings together music, movement, words and song—were developed through research with dementia communities.

The tour will take place in autumn 2018 in theatres, care homes and dementia wards across the UK. The total cost of the project is £20,000.

1623 is applying for grants to Arts Council England, Derby city council and dementia charity the Lewy Body Society. But it needs more money and has set up a campaign page. Anyone wishing to donate should go to the GoFundMe web site.