Reminiscence Theatre Workshop in the Museum

August 31, 2010

A Reminiscence Theatre Workshop will take place in the museum at Bagenal’s Castle on Thursday 2nd September and will be delivered by Pam Schweitzer, an international authority on Reminiscence and Reminiscence Theatre. The project is jointly run by Reminiscence Network Northern Ireland and Newry and Mourne Museum service and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The workshop is a continuation of the initiative by the museum in partnership with the Valuing Heritage by Valuing Memories Project.

This practical one-day workshop will run from 10.00am until 4.00pm and will explore different approaches to making theatre out of the experiences of older people. The workshop will draw on various illustrations from professional theatre productions based on people’s memories and performances by older people of their own, shared memories.

The workshop is aimed at those working in museums, local arts centres, health and social care settings, community group, drama students and individuals who have an interest in reminiscence, life stories and oral history. It will also demonstrate inter-generational performance and educational development through the sharing and re-enactment of memories.

Commenting on the workshop, Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator said that “Reminiscence Theatre is about seeing and realising the dramatic potential in real stories. This highly interactive workshop drawing on Pam Schweitzer’s vast experience promises to be a unique learning opportunity, as well as very good fun”.

The workshop follows on from the recent Reminiscence Postcard Project launched at Newry and Mourne Museum where visitors have been enthusiastically recording and posting their personal memories triggered by the museum displays. In the same way, the Reminiscence Theatre workshop hopes to engage and challenge participants in new ways of reliving and reshaping past experiences.

If you would like more information or to register for the workshop, please contact Katrina Lavery, Reminiscence Worker, on 07936 898638 or email

Places are limited and will be allocated as booking forms are received. The workshop fee is £10.00 and will include a light lunch.