A family show outside on the south terrace, developed to be accessible for all, including those living with dementia and PMLD. Supported by the Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance.
A story for all ages, but definitely a story for adults, reminding us of that time of growing up, when everything is contradictory; when you move into a world that seems unfair, with absurd rules and regulations which seems pure madness! But also thrilling, exciting and full of wonder (and aerial).
Alice sits on a riverbank on a warm summer day, drowsily reading over her sister’s shoulder, when she catches sight of a White Rabbit running by her. He pulls out a pocket watch, exclaims that he is late, and pops down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, down the hole and into Aerialand….where she is guided by the shelf people, shrinks and grows, swims, enters a sham of a garden, has an argument with a Caterpillar, drinks tea (tries to) with the Hatter, gets enchanted by a Cheshire Cat and finally pays a visit to her ruler – The Queen of Hearts – on the day of her Platinum Jubilee!
A story of wonder and nonsense laced with lethal wit, of games, of riddles and conundrums, of questions with no answers, but above all of magic and adventure in which everyone, young and old, can lose themselves and revel in the nonsense. But most of all it is a universal tale that reaches out to everyone.
Alice’s Adventures in Aerialand is a family show that has been developed to be accessible for all, including those living with dementia and PMLD. It is designed to perform open-air at community spaces and care settings, but can pop up pretty much anywhere! Adapted by The Dot Collective’s ensemble of actor/aerialists from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, the show uses high sensory storytelling, with aerial circus, puppetry, verse and music.
3pm Show start
4pm Show end
4-5pm post show informal workshop where audiences are able to interact with the equipment in a safe and controlled nature, led by our qualified aerial teachers/performers who are also trained in dementia awareness, working with neurodiversity and DBS checked.
ALL TIMINGS ARE APPROXIMATE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
There is limited, unreserved seating on the terrace. If you would feel more comfortable sitting down then we invite you to bring your own chair – but please be mindful of the sightlines of people who might be sitting behind you. Please take your seats well in time for the 3pm start. The show will last approximately one hour and there will be a chance to talk to the company afterwards.
Free, but please book so we have some idea of numbers.
Limited seating available. If you require a seat due to disability please reserve one with Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance via Bexhilldaa@gmail.com.
The Dot Collective was formed in 2016 to provide innovative theatre of a high, professional standard that’s accessible and cognitively stimulating for those living in care, particularly those living with dementia.
They facilitate sensory activities and professional theatre that create in-the-moment joyful experiences, reconnecting people with their history, uniting families, reducing isolation and improving the provision of creative activities and ultimately, improving the quality of life in care.