A Dementia friendly version of A Clean Sweep was created for Festival Theatre Edinburgh and their pilot event for dementia friendly audiences in February 2015. The event was the beginning of Festival Theatre Trust making its performance and public spaces accessible and inclusive to people living with dementia. It was held in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Department of the City of Edinburgh Council, Alzheimer Scotland and Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
An audience of 120, including people living with dementia, their carers and families attended. The performance in the Studio at the Festival Theatre was followed by an informal cream tea reception providing an opportunity for the audience to meet the performers and the musicians in the show.
A Clean Sweep is a play about friendship, making mistakes, dusting yourself off and moving on. We adapted the existing version of this highly visual story for this dementia friendly performance by including live music, softening light and sound cues and focusing on the direct contact with the members of the audience. We were hoping to provide a stimulating, enjoyable experience and engage the audience, particularly people living with dementia. We were delighted with the audience response and how the performance style and the show’s characters managed to connect with the audience by sharing their vulnerability and humanity.
A Clean Sweep brings a taste of European theatre clowning to audiences of all ages. In today’s world where everybody tries to be correct, successful and perfect, Walt and Dustin are different. ‘Keepers of the Dust,’ they live in an absurd world full of brooms and brushes. They try their best to understand and control this world. They fail – and in their generosity share their failure with the audience. As a piece of visual theatre, we learn about the two characters through their physicality, actions and use of props and objects rather than a linear story. In A Clean Sweep Dustin and Walt share their dreams, passions, obsessions and above all their humanity. In this brilliant blend of theatre clowning, dance and visual storytelling, Tim Licata and Ian Cameron explore the most ordinary and make it … extraordinary!
Household chores will never seem the same again!
…blessedly simple and uncluttered, the use of brush motifs is endlessly inventive, …the glorious chuckles of the children in the audience are a delight to hear, with the belly-laughter of the grown-ups not far behind.
Classic double-act stuff… with roots in Beckettian vaudeville…
Outstanding. Very funny. Clowning at its absolute very best. Tim Licata and Ian Cameron are brilliant.
A wordless humour fills the stage as we learn to watch the pair’s eyes, the tilt of a shoulder, the angle of a leg. Plutôt la Vie’s clowns have disarming charm…
…their own unique blend of theatrical clowning. Top-notch acting…
Plutôt la Vie is a Scottish touring theatre company with a European flavour producing imaginative, vibrant, entertaining and visually driven performances for touring throughout Scotland and abroad. It was founded in 2003 by Tim Licata Ian Cameron with a desire to create imaginative, visually driven performances.
A Clean Sweep was developed with the support of the Scottish Arts Council, Dance Base National Centre for Dance and the Brunton Theatre.