Project information

The Jubilee Show.

To take a nostalgic show commemorating, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, to the elderly and infirm in residential & nursing homes, sheltered accommodation,hospices and day centres using professional actors and singers. To also tour in the public domain to village halls.

May 2012 - September 2012

Charity information: Vanguard Productions

Vanguard Productions
  • Need


    The elderly in residential homes and in small villages cannot readily get to see live theatre. The intimidation of travelling late at night to big towns and cities is a daunting prospect. Our show will enable this faction of society to enjoy theatre in the sanctity of their own homes or their village hall. It will enable them to enjoy live performances and relieve them out of the isolation that they may be experiencing.


    The Company have a pedigree of touring. The writing, rehearsing and touring into residential & nursing homes, sheltered accommodation,hospices and day centres as well as village halls will overcome the isolation that exists for this faction of society.
    They will not feel excluded from, what will be, a national celebration.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To use the project as a form of reminiscent therapy and involve the audience in a participatory way.


    » The touring of the nostalgic drama, which will include singing and dancing, to the audience base in the venues described.

    What success will look like

    Success will be determined by their immediate responses and an evaluation from the carers and the medical staff afterwards.

    Aim 2

    To empower the elderly and infirm in realising their talent and potential.


    » By facilitating the audience to join in with the singing and dancing, (if they are able). Also during the show questions will be posed to the audience

    What success will look like

    Success will be seen during the show and the participation both in singing and dancing (depending on their state of mobility). Their responses and enjoyment to the questions posed

  • Impact


    Drama and entertainment has been used in the past by the Company to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and infirm. This has been confirmed by the carers and medical staff in the venues that the company has visited in the past. Long term patients suffering from mental disorders have been empowered by the participatory nature of the drama and entertainment. The therapeutic nature of singing and the promoting on inclusion has been undisputed by health professionals.


    The company have been touring for a number of years and carry Public Liability Insurance. During all these years there have been no accidents that have occurred during the performances. The casting of professionals who have an empathy with this kind of work ensures that maximum benefit for the elderly is obtained from the performances. In the casting process experience in this kind of work is an essential requisite


    We will send a detailed account of the show which will be backed up with photographs and response from the elderly, their carers and medical staff. An invitation to a performance if they are able to attend.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,715

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,415 Production Admin:printing,writing,music,costumes & props,rehearsal room hire.
      £1,900 Touring Hiring of vehicles, petrol costs & Insurance.
      £8,400 Fees Professional fees to actors

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Dyers' Charity £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Touring to the homes and villages will cover the south of England in the counties of East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey. A London venue has also expressed an interest in booking.


    It is hoped, based on past tours, that the Company will visit 60 venues.
    This will benefit a conservative estimate of about 2000 elderly and infirm people in residential accommodation and 1000 people in village halls. A recent Christmas tour realised a total of 3012 people that benefited from the production.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Company have been successfully touring for the past 14 years to their specific audience base. The experience of the company personnel in the creation of similar projects have contributed immensely to this success.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    An experienced professional actor and one of the artistic directors of the Company. Responsible for the creative material of the show and directing.

    Amaryllis Crooke

    An experiences professional actor and the assistant artistic director responsible for the creative content of the shows, and researching new material.

    Patricia Willis

    A professional actor who devotes her time to the administration of the Company. Also helps on the creative side and compilation of show material.

A thoroughly enjoyable show. It brought the West End to us.

Naomi Bodis (Activities Organiser Compton House)