Telephony tales to help combat loneliness in Kirklees
The people of Kirklees will be treated to a novel theatrical experience to keep them in good spirits during lockdown.
Sophia Hatfield, actor and producer at Stute Theatre, will perform a rendition of her caring themed play ‘You don’t know me but…’ not in a theatre, but over the phone. The intention is to entertain people who may be feeling lonely or anxious as lockdown restrictions change.
Inspired by real memories and interviews from a care home in Stoke-on-Trent, this innovative piece tells the hidden stories of care across generations. This unique play celebrates the dedication and spirit of workers and residents in care homes across the UK.
Each performance lasts half an hour which will include a warm welcome from the host. People should ring a special box office number to book a place.
Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said:
“I am delighted that we are one of a few lucky places to host this special form of entertainment for vulnerable residents in Kirklees who may be experiencing loneliness.
Lockdown has been hard for many people and we recognise the impact this has had on people’s health and wellbeing which can lead to feelings of loneliness and anxiety. It carries on from the work we are doing to provide wellbeing support for our elderly and vulnerable residents during these difficult times.”
Hosted by Kirklees Libraries
The play will be hosted by Kirklees Libraries who are one of six venues across the country to host this unique theatre experience and the only library service to be involved. The library service is not new to innovative programmes such as this and is also a leading voice on the government’s Tackling Loneliness Network through Chief Librarian and President of Libraries Connected, Carol Stump.
Book your place
The telephone theatre is available to Kirklees residents 29 September to 03 October and people can book one of six daily slots by calling 0800 689 0018.