Let’s Celebrate Jubilee Fund – ‘The Queen & I’

‘The Queen & I ‘

Dorset based professional, AsOne theatre company is excited to announce its latest ACE ‘Lets Create! Jubilee’ funded, collaborative community project called ‘The Queen & I’ celebrating our monarch’s record-breaking Platinum Jubilee – in association with the Dorset Community Foundation.

The ‘Let’s Create Jubilee Fund’ aim is to ensure creativity plays play a key role during local community celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The ‘LCJF’ fund was applied for by five times the projects that could be awarded, and so AsOne is thrilled to be successful.

The project asks Broadmayne First School children and elderly Agincare home residents, some with Dementia, to prepare memory boxes including stories, drawings, songs, photos, and letters about our Queen and her reign.

Then they will meet up and share with each other the results from this creative activity; share stories and sing songs. There is to also be a celebratory Platinum Jubilee Tea Party at Broadmayne First School with the children’s older friends invited. This heart felt community project will be facilitated by AsOne theatre company – its Artistic Director, Jane McKell responsible for coordination & liaison. Jane said: “Although I had the embryo of an original vision for the project, we have gathered a top-notch team to nurture, and give birth creatively. The school and home will facilitate the initial work. But the artists involved are equally committed to creatively inspire both young and old who have missed the stimulus of friendship and learning during the Pandemic.”

The Queen & I Project Team

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Broadmayne First School’s Head Teacher, Helen Collings, and Agincare’s Crecy Care Home Manager, Vicky Boursnell-Brooks, both visionaries, are respectively facilitating the contributions of the young and elderly.  AsOne theatre’s Jane McKell will workshop the story telling, choral poetry and singing. Experienced composer and songwriter, Laura Reid is to use the stories and sharing process to compose an original song with both groups involved; and the process from planning to sharing will be filmed, documented, and produced by the experienced, Alastair Nisbit of ScreenPLAY. ‘The Queen & I’ project culminates in a special public event – the documentary, especially composed song; and choral interpretation of A A Milne’s well-known poem, ‘Buckingham Palace’ will be presented. Part of the project involves a legacy book, and MP3 of the new song for download to raise money for Dementia UK. The documentary film is aimed to both entertain and educate; helping others in the care and teaching professions in the future to further develop this idea on any theme they choose.’

Jane McKell added “We are thrilled to have secured this competitive funding, but importantly blessed to have such a creative, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic team delivering this joyful project celebrating our Queen’s 70 years on the throne. We hope all participating will reciprocally gain and smile a great deal! ”

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