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Commedia of Errors are all set to digitise. Through a combination of live streaming and conferencing software they’re beaming their hit variety show Plays Aloud direct to the TV’s of care homes, nursing homes, folds and dementia specialist facilities, bringing a brand new live and interactive televisual experience to isolated older audiences.
Plays Aloud is a specialist theatre project for older people, with a particular focus on dementia and has been running since 2016 in partnership with Radius Housing. Using the popular variety-show style, audiences enjoy music, comedy, theatre and poetry from the comfort of their living-rooms.
Each performance is specially curated to engage and invigorate older audiences, improving mental health and slowing dementia related decline. Plays Aloud use professional, highly-skilled, dementia trained actors, ensuring performances are high-quality and unique. Now in its fourth year, Plays Aloud tours to 800+ older people per year to rave audience reviews - you only have to ask the residents!
Plays Aloud at Home is an all new digital remastering of Plays Aloud, bringing live entertainment, enjoyment and shared experience to Radius residents. Using digital conferencing and live broadcast direct to residents’ TV’s, computers and tablets across NI throughout June and beyond.
Plays Aloud At Home is the brainchild of local theatre makers Clare McMahon and Benjamin Gould in partnership with Radius Housing and in association Accidental Theatre.
Speaking about the project, Benjamin said, "Team Commedia have long been dedicated to bringing live performance to isolated older audiences across NI. Since lockdown we have been working hard with Radius to create a special new experience for older audiences across NI. In the current climate we can't reach our cherished audiences in person, but for us and our partners, waiting for next year was just not an option.''
For more information please visit: www.commediaoferrors.co.uk