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On the Beach

SATURDAY 25 MAY, 11.30AM & 2.30PM

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On The Beach is an interactive sensory experience for people living with dementia and their carers, created by participatory theatre company Spare Tyre. An intimate performance for audiences of six to eight (plus carers), On The Beach is suitable for individuals at all stages of the dementia pathway. Join us for a day in the life of a working beach, as we explore its myths, magic, perils and ever-changing beauty through dance, music and visual storytelling. 

In 2024, we are still within touching and telling distance of people who worked the shores before plastic, whose hand-working skills are still evident from boat-building to fish-mongering, net-mending to knot-tying. We rediscover the people who haul and heave, knit and knot, wait and ponder; people for whom the songs and tales of the sea are a lived reality.

Inspired by rich traditions the world over, join us On The Beach: a place of loss, love and unfathomable strangeness, of unexpected joy and the heartbeat of home. 

“Our group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and so did we. They all said they loved being involved and also how calming and relaxing the experience was, which is wonderful” – Community dementia group co-ordinators

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Duration: 1hr


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Masthead image: On the Beach © Lara Marshall & Claude Graham

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