The Care Home Tour
A couple of years ago I was involved in some of the warmup/work-in-progress shows for The Care Home Tour, a project headed up by Pope Lonergan and Ben Target which saw comedians performing in care homes to patients with dementia in order to explore different ways of using humour to reach audiences who are generally not given much in the way of live entertainment or creative stimulation. I didn't end up performing in any of the care home shows themselves, but you can read Si Hawkins' excellent write-up of the project in the Guardian here. The project has resumed in 2020 and will be giving two performances at care homes in Leicester as part of Leicester Comedy Festival in early February. Naturally, these performances are only for care home residents and their friends and family, so there won't be a public element to this project, but I'm deeply honoured to be a part of it and am looking forward to learning a lot about performance and humility and connecting with an audience from these shows. I'll be posting something about the performances and what I took away from them when they're done, so keep an eye out, and many thanks to Ben and Pope for having me on board.