Theatre tour in the EMR
At the start of 2015 the play was performed 62 times in Dutch Limburg, Germany, Eastern Belgium and Belgian Limburg. The play was performed in Dutch and in German. On each occasion professionals from the municipality chose who would be invited to see the play. The various performances were attended by people who themselves had been diagnosed with dementia or depression.
Once the project ended, the play was used in the Senior Friendly Communities (SFC) project. In the SFC project, the play was translated into French, so that V&V is available in all three EMR languages.
The follow-up discussion
A fixed part of the performance was a follow-up discussion, under the guidance of the actors. The public decided what would be discussed. This gave members of the audience a chance to share with one another their emotions, their stories and their questions. This was the most important element of the project.
During the project, it became clear that this is an effective method of inviting people to discuss dementia and depression among the elderly with one another. Many personal experiences were shared. The evaluations showed that the audiences really appreciated the play and the follow-up discussion. The taboo has been broken.