Avalon Court’s Drama Divas
When Kay Stone, Well-being and Activities Co-ordinator at Avalon Court Care Home in Coventry, began her role almost seven years ago, she discovered many residents had a keen interest in drama. Kay established the ‘Drama Divas’, teaching a variety of acting, movement and physical theatre techniques each Wednesday and encouraging residents to add their own creative flair.
Each year, the group rehearse and perform their own productions; this year was ‘Oliver’. Sadly, staff and residents at Avalon Court lost some very special fellow residents who were part of the drama group. After switching characters and learning new lines and acting techniques, the group decided to dedicate their play to the late Ned O’Neil, Shelia Cresswell, Jean O’Brien and Peter Cochrane.
This year’s performance was a huge success and the audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves, commenting on how incredible it was to see residents perform and showcase their skills. Resident Dudley, who played Mr Brownlow, explained, “I had so much fun and made sure I performed well for my dear friend Ned, who would be so proud of me.” Speaking of the day, Kay said, “I am so very proud of the Drama Divas and the staff team for their commitment, hard work and dedication. The talent and creativity of our residents shone through in their performance. We are looking forward to starting work on our next play – Peter Pan!”
Resident Jean’s Wish
Jean has resided at Avalon Court for two years, moving to the home after losing her beloved husband, Bernard. Jean has many visitors, one of whom is her longest friend, Ray Terry, an ex-Korean war veteran who served alongside Jean’s late husband.
During one of Terry’s visits on Armistice Day, Jean said she would like to find Bernard’s Army cap, as it was lost before she moved to Avalon Court. Senior Carer Fay mentioned this to Home Trainer Phil, who is also an army veteran. To Jean’s delight, Phil obtained a replacement cap and gave it to Jean at Christmas. Jean explained, “I’m most grateful to Ray, Fay and Phil for making my wish come true. It is a most special gesture.”