The Purple Performers present at ‘Tea and Blether’ event for Dementia Awareness Week

 After a year in the making S3 Drama Group – The Purple Performers – shared their poignant movement scene to an audience at the Alzheimer’s Resource Centre in Inverness on Tuesday 30 May.

Dementia PicThere was not a dry eye in the house after the girls performed their devised story of a woman living with dementia whose memories are triggered by familiar music from her past.  Since becoming Dementia Friends last year the pupils have spent time researching, experimenting and creating different scenes and characters before deciding that the short movement piece had the most impact and created the right atmosphere.  The S3 pupils met Walter Grant (pictured with the performers), who attends the Football Memories group and contributes to the Highland Dementia Working Group, in April when he came to watch a dress rehearsal at Millburn Academy.  Talking about the project he said: “I am proud of them – they all did very well.”  Mrs Mackenzie and Gillian Councill (Dementia Advisor) run the group weekly and feel the girls’ hard work paid off on Tuesday as each pupil rose to the challenge and delivered an emotional and captivating drama.

The group’s next meeting will be on Friday 2 June when they are holding a Bake Sale at break time to raise more awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Well done indeed!