Caraway hosts Roots and Branches

Caraway hosts Roots and Branches

An intergenerational theatre show hosted by Caraway at Ascension Church

On the extra Coronation Bank Holiday, Monday 8th May 2023, Caraway will welcome Theatre for Life to a show that highlights our shared history using words and music from people living with dementia and young actors taking on the roles of this generation.

Roots & Branches is a collaborative, intergenerational and creative project between Theatre for Life, Solent Mind, Remind Dementia services and Mayfield Nurseries.

Roots and Branches celebrates real life stories across 70 years.  These have been shared by dementia groups and retold through devised theatre by this youth theatre company. Recorded audio and verbatim theatre captured during interviews with groups.  Is delicately woven into the production to also raise awareness around living with dementia.

Quotes from the audience:

  • “…it helped me understand my father’s dementia.”
  • “…an unforgettable experience!”

Caraway has been lucky to engage Roots and Branches to come and perform on an incredibly special day – the extra Bank Holiday to celebrate our King’s coronation. Join us for a story about Elizabeth’s coronation and other stories from our shared history.  This will be followed by some singing and then a tea party with homemade cakes and refreshments.

Please invite your families to come too as this show may help with intergenerational understanding of cognitive decline and dementia.


  • Date: Monday 8th May 2023
  • Time: Doors open 13.45pm show starts at 2.00pm
  • What: Performance followed by a short workshop, group singing and Coronation tea party to conclude
  • Cost: £2 per adult and £5 per family.
  • Where: Ascension Church, Thorold Road, Bitterne Park SO18 1HZ
  • Accessibility: This venue is fully accessible but if you have any particular needs, please contact the email or number below to ensure we can meet your needs.
  • Please book via:  Online Form

If you wish to wear an item of clothing or more linked to the coronation, please do so.  If you have any questions about this performance, please contact Caraway on or 07535 164014.


Caraway is a charity in Southampton which was set up 6 years ago to address the spiritual and temporal needs of the older population in the city. The Dementia Services part of the charity provides memory cafes across the city, befrienders to support the person living with dementia and their carer and in 2023 will be running courses for carers to support people in the transition following diagnosis. 

Theatre for Life is an arts organisation working with marginalised groups, NHS, Solent Mind charity, educational providers & the wider community through specialist creative and health programmes.

We make theatre with the community for the community, with a strong focus on shared experiences and improved physical and mental health.

We believe access to the arts and culture helps us to live well in our communities, playing a valuable part in helping to tackle some of the most challenging social and health conditions.  

Solent Mind and Theatre for Life were awarded £74,729 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. Who are the largest funder of community activity in the UK. National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK.

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