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It's showtime in Bulwell as NCH teams up with theatre group

It’s showtime in Bulwell as NCH teams up with theatre group

25 April 2018

Residents at one of Nottingham City Homes’ independent living schemes in Bulwell are celebrating the premier of their first ever feature film!

Residents of Lathkill Close worked with arts company Nonsuch Theatre to create the film, which has been funded by Waitrose’s Green Coin scheme, in a project that aimed to combat loneliness in older people by encouraging them to interact and work together towards a shared goal.

Residents attended weekly sessions with Nonsuch and took part in various activities and workshops, including ice breakers, scriptwriting and, eventually, the production of their very own four-minute film.

Lathkill Court resident Betty said: “I was pleased to be involved with this project, and I really enjoyed it. It was good for some of the newer residents here too, as it meant they got to know us and we got to know them. It would be great to have more projects like this in the future.”

Laura from Nonsuch Theatre said: “This has been a great programme to put on – we’re working with younger adults and children all the time, so this was quite different, and it’s been really successful!

“The people we’ve worked with have all been lovely, and there’ve been some really interesting characters with great stories to tell. Watching the way some of the residents’ confidence grew over the ten weeks was fantastic, and we all felt a real sense of achievement at the end of it when we watched the film back.

“We’d love to roll out more programmes like this across the city.”

In recent years, Nottingham City Homes has worked with Nonsuch Theatre on various projects with younger communities, but this is the first time they have worked with residents from independent living schemes.