Bantry General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Unit Care of the Elderly Stories from the Well-Field aimed to create and perform an interactive work incorporating puppetry, poetry and music with participants in Bantry General Hospital. The outcome was an interactive performance set in a ‘Well-Field’ during a raucous Village Fair with a Company of players made up of hospital residents artists, musicians and staff bringing to life poems about enduring childhood friendships.
A film screening and experiential session was held at at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre earlier this year, if you missed this or would like to find out more, then you can attend either Glucksman on Tuesday 8 October, 11:00am or Waterford Healing Arts Trust on Wednesday 9 October, 10:30am.
Stories from the Well-field is presented by artist Tess Leak, puppeteer Eoin Lynch, activities coordinator Sarah Cairns and composer Justin Grounds, drawing on their experience of developing an interactive performance with a group of residents at St Joseph’s Unit, Bantry General Hospital and is recommended for artists/healthcare professional interested in facilitating cross-artform participatory projects in care settings for older people.
Rarely have I been so moved by a performance of any kind. Tess Leak’s project is steeped in dignity, respect and kindness. Stories from the Well-Field validates the lives of the participants in such a meaningful way. It was an experience I won’t forget. Audience member, Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, January 2019
Booking for Waterford Healing Arts Trust 051-842664 https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/stories-from-the-well-field-cpd-workshop-tickets-70277143829
For more information on this project you can go to https://artsforhealthwestcork.com/projects-recent/stories-from-the-well-field-2/
You can view the film http://www.artsandhealth.ie/resource/videos/stories-from-the-well-field/
|‘I am still thinking about our show’ Company member at Bantry General Hospital, St.Josephs Unit, during our debriefing, a week after the performance
‘ have been employed as a sound-recordist on award-winning films and documentaries but have never been quite so moved by anything I have ever worked on. […] enlightening, thought-provoking, emotional and above all humbling. I felt I was a better person for having taken part and witnessed it’. Quote from crew
The film of the performance on the ward was made by Sharon Whooley of Harvest Films and was funded by an artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary.
This project is supported by the Arts Council and the Arts for Health Partnership (HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Cork Education and Training Board, Cork County Council and Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre)