Julia Margaret Cameron Bicentenary
Drama Soiree at 2 Temple Place
11 June 2015, 6.30 for 7 pm
In the spectacular setting of 2 Temple Place
TIMOTHY WEST, PRUNELLA SCALES, DIANE FLETCHER, JOHN ROWE, STEPHEN THORNE, JANET ELLIS, SAM CRANE, CHARLOTTE GALLAGHER AND
Virginia Woolf’s comic play “Freshwater”
Adapted by Lynne Truss
Director Timothy West
with introduction by Colin Ford
to celebrate the bicentenary of the great pioneer photographer
Julia Margaret Cameron (born 11 June 1815)
6.30 pm Drinks Reception and viewing of 2 Temple Place
7.00 pm Colin Ford, patron of A4D, introduces Julia Margaret Cameron
7.20 pm Lynne Truss presents and narrates “Freshwater”
8.30 pm Drinks and canapés
Tickets: £50 (including £30 donation*)
with the generous support of
In the the spectacular late Victorian setting of 2 Temple Place, (click for Virtual Tour) great actors, writer Lynne Truss and photo historian Colin Ford bring Mrs. Cameron and the Victorian artistic world to life.
Mrs. Cameron was Virginia Woolf’s great aunt, and Freshwater takes place in 1864 on the Isle of Wight, where Cameron is joined by her neighbour, poet laureate Alfred Tennyson, the painter G. F. Watts, and his teenage bride, actress Ellen Terry. As Cameron and her husband prepare to leave for India, planning to take their coffins with them, Terry runs off with a handsome naval officer. The coffins arrive - as does, unexpectedly, Queen Victoria.
Virginia Woolf first wrote Freshwater in 1923 and revised it in 1935 for a high-spirited “unbuttoned laughing evening” performed by Bloomsbury group family and friends before eighty guests in the studio of her sister Vanessa Bell. Lynne Truss’s adaptation with Timothy West as Tennyson and Prunella Scales as Queen Victoria has already enraptured audiences. We are delighted and honoured that they have brought together a team of such talent to entertain us this evening. and are most grateful to them for giving their services in aid of A4D.
Arts 4 Dementia is developing a vital stimulation programme for families recently affected by dementia
- Dementia, one of the greatest challenges of our time, (The Rt Hon David Cameron)
- 850,000 people in the UK have dementia.
- 567,000 coping at home need our help!
Arts activity has the power to transform the lives of people with dementia, to elevate them above their dementia and revive interests in the community.
A4D’s "Reawakening the Mind" weekly workshop programme for arts organisations uses artistic stimulation to re-energise and inspire people with early stage dementia and carers. Thanks to training A4D delivers to the facilitators, participants find that the workshops “reawaken” their creative skills, override their dementia and help restore a sense of purpose and active life in the community.
- I feel like waking up after a deep sleep.
- I'm accessing skills I thought had gone.
- Mum's cognition showed a massive improvement. One would expect her to be tired, but she is active.
- It’s being part of something again.
*Donation to Arts 4 Dementia - Gift Aid and additional voluntary donation
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the participants and our sponsors, £30 of the £50 ticket price will go to Arts 4 Dementia. A4D can recover an extra 25p in the pound in Gift Aid on your donation if you are a UK tax payer. After buying your ticket on this page, to enable Gift Aid, please click this link and donate a minimum £1 (selecting "Other" amount) and after clicking "Donate", click the Gift Aid - "All donations" option. Thank you so much!
When & Where
Arts 4 Dementia
Arts 4 Dementia was founded in 2011 to develop a learning stream for arts venues to provide weekly workshops to re-energise people affected by dementia from diagnosis, their families and carers.
We believe that people with dementia, like the rest of us, have the right to enjoy their lives to the full.
Engagement with artistic activity inspires and gives new direction to people with dementia and enables them to restore and develop new creative skills.
Our mission is to enable people with dementia to live better and longer at home and to enjoy with their family carers a fulfilling creative life in the community.
We work with leaders in the field and major arts venues to encourage high-quality artistic events for people with dementia and their carers, and to present an innovative, vital opportunity for continuing professional development, and with the Alzheimer's Society to deliver early-stage dementia awareness training for arts facilitators.
Since our London Arts Challenge in 2012 programme of weekly arts activities, covering art, dance, South Asian Dance, scriptwriting and drama, media, music, photography and poetry at 17 arts venues around the capital, which was awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark, its evaluation Reawakening the Mind has provided useful quantitative and qualitative evidence to describe the benefits by art form on dementia type, the first multiple art form resource with models by art form, for activities for early-stage dementia.