Curious Shoes

Curious Shoes explores a new performance approach, devised by Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds. Specially created for an audience of people living with dementia and their families and carers, it is a unique performance event for people with dementia in both theatre and community settings.

A joyful performance for people living with dementia and their loved ones to share.

Curious Shoes tells the story of four intriguing characters on a journey from Here to There.

Live music, movement and very few words bring this funny, entertaining and beautifully simple story to life. Step by step and moment to moment the audience is invited to join our quartet of talented performers on their curious voyage of discovery.

Created by Magdalena Schamberger, Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds, Curious Shoes is a bespoke performance developed with this audience at its heart.

Curious Shoes Rehearsal Sketches by Elspeth Murray

Article in The Herald - dementia friendly performances are a growing art form

"Wee Granny was tapping her toes all the way home after the wonderful #CuriousShoes from @heartsmindsUK thanks for a fab shared experience"

"This was a beautiful, playful performance, with a sense of joy and acceptance woven throughout" Jane Mather

"To look at her this morning, and to look at her this evening, it is quite clear that she has got an excited buzz that I haven't seen for a while" Family member

"I feel like I’m shining inside" audience member with dementia

Performers: Suzanna Ferguson, Brian Hartley, Tim Licata and Nicolette Macleod.

Directed by Magdalena Schamberger
Design by Alice Gooden
Lighting Design by Paul Claydon
Music & Composition Nicolette Macleod
Choreography/Movement Support Cai Tomos
Promotional Photography & Performance Video Brian Hartley
Video & Production Photography Kelman Greig-Kicks for Neoneight Ltd
Video Technician Andy Reid
Producer Vina Oberlander

Dates for Autumn 2017
Platform, Glasgow: 30 Sep at 11am & 2.30pm & 2 Oct at 11am
The Barn, Banchory: 11 Oct at 2.30pm & 12 Oct at 11am
Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock: 17 Oct at 11am & 2.30pm

Curious Shoes is a performance specifically designed for people living with dementia and their carers to attend together.

Groups & Care Homes - there are performances at each venue especially for groups & care homes - please contact the venue directly for details and to book.

We have a special showing and discussion for industry professionals on Tue 2nd Oct at 2.30pm at Platform.
If you are interested in coming to see Curious Shoes & finding out more about creating work for people living with dementia BOOK HERE or for further information contact Vina Oberlander

Magdalena Schamberger will be holding an Artful Minds Workshop at each venue during the run of Curious Shoes. These workshops are for artists from all art forms who have an interest in creating work for people living with dementia.
Curious Shoes was first performed at The Studio, at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, March 2017.

Part of Luminate: Scotland’s creative ageing festival


Supported by 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Meet the four characters in Curious Shoes

Everyone likes to keep special mementoes of outings with loved ones, letters, ribbons and other bits and bobs. Bette, Charlie, Fred and Vicky are just the same and they keep their special things in a case that is all their own!

Take a look at what is inside their case and get to know them a little bit better.


Suzanna Ferguson

Suzanna has trained in Clown with a variety of teachers, including Angela de Castro, Ira Seidenstein, Eric de Bont and John Wright. In 2010 she co-devised and performed Sick, a one women clown show exploring the experience of being ill and in hospital, and was nominated for a CATS award for best female performance. As well as her work with Hearts and Minds, Suzie has recently worked with Tenterhooks (Call of Nature) and Mischief la Bas (The Magnificent Organ).


Brian Hartley

Brian Hartley is a Glasgow based artist whose work involves photography, visual art, design, and performance.  Through his company, stillmotion, he has created multi disciplinary performance events and dance productions, including We Dance, wee groove a successful dance production for young children, touring UK and internationally since 2008, recently touring to China. As a physical performer Brian has worked with dance and physical theatre companies performing in a wide range of locations and projects, from outdoor events to more traditional theatre stages, and has enjoyed learning and refining some of new skills through working with Hearts and Minds.


Tim Licata

Tim is an actor and Artistic Director of Plutôt la Vie Theatre Company. With Plutôt la Vie, Tim has performed in La Tragedy Comique, By the Seat of Your Pants, and A Clean Sweep. He directed First You’re Born, The Builders, and Couldn’t Care Less a co-production with Strange Theatre. Tim has worked with; Communicado, Catherine Wheels, Dundee Rep, The Brunton Theatre, Theatre Sans Frontieres and Shakespeare Company Berlin.  Tim also enjoys working as a Clowndoctor and Elderflower Practitioner with Hearts&Minds.  He is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and teaches movement for performers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Nicolette Macleod

Nicolette Macleod ( is an actress and singer songwriter. She composes music for theatre and dance, her vocals have been used on a number of films and in a pop setting for albums receiving prime time radio play on BBC2 and BBC6. Nicolette was a finalist at the Loop Station Championship in London where she performed an original song that later won her a recording session at The Roundhouse EMI studio. She recently co-curated Mixtape at the Tron Theatre. Alongside writer Erin Carter Nicolette wrote and performed music for the first sold out show of Breathe.
Production shots for Curious Shoes, The Studio, Edinburgh March 2017