Our afternoon party, held at Pant-y-Celyn Sheltered Housing, was a great success, with local musician, Ben Yendle, entertaining the residents who sang along and showed off their dancing moves. The party was to celebrate our latest project, funded by CPRN, Cardiff University, a social intervention aimed at alleviating loneliness and isolation in older people
The afternoon enabled the Reality Theatre actors to meet and chat with the residents, to help develop the characters they will be playing in the forthcoming play to be performed in the Riverfront, Newport, on 16 April.
The play is a fictionalised account of the stories gathered from the Derwen residents over the last three months, and includes war-time tales and stories of emigration to Australia and South Africa, for a period spanning 1940s to the present day. The play aims to show the lives of the residents from childhood to now, by merging their stories into one.
It is hoped that we can develop this project further in the future, to include more residents and more events across Newport.