I was thrilled to work with the Irish Dementia Working Group and Bow Productions in June 2019 after they successfully applied to be part of the Abbey 5×5 development week.
The Irish Dementia Working Group is an advocacy group for people living with dementia, that is supported by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The group members are early in their dementia and campaign for a human rights-based approach to the condition to make life better for the 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. I was honoured to interview them as part of this project and track their progress through the drama facilitation process that Bow Productions had designed for the week.
The Irish Dementia Working Group took part in the project because they wanted their own voices and experiences to be heard on the complex realities of cognitive impairment.
The outcome of the project was three short videos which I shot and edited. The first and second video can be watched below and the third will be released very soon. Some of my footage was also used in the Abbey Theatre’s own 5×5 video.