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Performance and Dementia

A Cultural Response to Care

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Explores the challenges and opportunties of making performance in care homes

  • Considers how artists engage with the care community in a way which is reciprocal and responsive

  • Identifies the cultural role of the arts in dementia care beyond therapeutic outcomes

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. A Cultural Response

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. A Relational Approach to Dementia Care

      • Nicky Hatton
      Pages 63-87
  3. Performance and the Care Environment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 89-89
    2. Negotiating Space through Taste

      • Nicky Hatton
      Pages 115-140
    3. A Caring Effect

      • Nicky Hatton
      Pages 169-192
    4. Conclusion

      • Nicky Hatton
      Pages 193-199
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 201-216

About this book

This book explores how theatre and performance can change the way we think about dementia and some of the environments in which dementia care takes place. Drawing on the author’s creative practice and other performance projects in the UK, it explores some of the challenges and opportunities of making performance in care homes. Rather than focusing on the transformative potential of the arts, it asks how artists can engage with the different types of relationships that exist in a care community. These include the relationships that residents and staff have with each other as well as relationships with care spaces. Exploring the intersection between participatory performance and the everyday creativity of a care home, it argues that the arts have a cultural role to play in supporting dementia care as a relational practice. Moreover, it celebrates the intrinsic creativity of caregiving and how principles and practices of care work can inform theatre and performance in diverse ways.

Keywords

  • Theatre in care homes
  • Theatre and dementia
  • Creativity and dementia
  • Cultural responses to care
  • Dementia care
  • Geriatric care
  • Therapeutic arts
  • Theatre as therapy
  • Participatory theatre practice

Authors and Affiliations

  • York, UK

    Nicky Hatton

About the author

Nicky Hatton is a theatre practitioner and researcher who specialises in performance and health. Her current research explores care as a critical and creative concern in participatory performance. She has worked extensively in health and care settings and has over 12 years’ experience of leading community performance projects. She is a lecturer in Drama at York St John University, UK, and a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

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Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-51077-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)