September 25th, 2016

Masked theatre takes Northfield care home residents back to the 1940s and 50s

Masked theatre takes Northfield care home residents back to the 1940s and 50s Masked theatre takes Northfield care home residents back to the 1940s and 50s

RESIDENTS in The Beeches Care Home in Northfield were taken back in time during an interactive performance steeped in nostalgia.

The full masked production of ‘Sharing Joy’ was staged by Vamos Theatre as part of a two-year national arts programme entitled ‘Shine!’.

Sharing Joy was set in the 1940s and 1950s and featured courting couples, wartime nurses, swing dancing, fun and laughter and even a special guest appearance by Elvis himself.

Resident Joan Bashford, who is 76 years old, said: “I absolutely loved it – it reminded me of when I was in a play when I was younger.”

Queenie Satterthwaite, 86, said simply: “It was the best ever – it was lovely.”

The performance was packed full of nostalgic music from across the decades, beautiful costumes, hand crafted masks and colourful props.

The home’s manager Tina Walstrom said: “There was so much going on and it was lovely to see so many residents laughing so loudly.

“We’ve had many performing arts groups come into the home but Vamos Theatre was definitely one of the best.”

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