The show will premiere at Brighton Festival, as part of Our Place, with performances for residents at Robert Lodge in East Brighton and local residents in Bevendean at The Bevy
Tell us a bit about your show
An artistic and kind response to the horrors that have happened in care homes over the last year. An opportunity for a good news story about care homes for a change.
How would you describe the show in three words?
Joy. Community. Participation
What is the inspiration for Ida Barr’s Caring Care Home Tour?
Ida Barr is a very well-established character and a Brighton favourite. During the past year, we have all been moved by what has happened in care homes. I wanted to give some joy and pure entertainment in a tiny way to counterbalance that. Ida visiting with her hip hop/ music hall mashup singalongs seemed the perfect way to do that. All safe. All lighthearted fun.
Ida Barr says: “Those poor people, haven’t they suffered enough?”
What do you hope people will take away from your show?
We hope that Ida will bring some fun into people’s lives and remind them of the value of singing distanced but together. Communal joy is an important part of our lives and we have missed it. This is a tiny step on the road back.
Are you looking forward to coming back to Brighton?
I love Brighton Festival and my long relationship with it. I’ve missed Brighton audiences who are always smart, and up for a good time. The perfect combination.
Our Place will be hosting an exciting programme of outdoor performances from Without Walls at The Manor Gym and in Hangleton Park on the weekend of Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May. Tickets are now available to book.
If you are local to these communities, please see our Facebook event pages for the full line-up:
Our Place Hangleton
Our Place East Brighton
Our Place Moulsecoomb