Belinda Trained at Mountview Theatre School, Belinda has worked with various theatre companies over the years and is highly experienced in national & international touring. Alongside theatres, she has performed in an eclectic range of venues from an old dairy to the Houses of Parliament (3 times) & JashneBachpan, a National Theatre Festival in New Delhi showcasing work from across the Sub-Continent. Internationally she has performed in Los Angeles, Utrecht, Jerusalem and India.
Her TV & Film credits include Exhibit A, The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister, Barking, Emmerdale, North Square, Fat Friends, The Cops and In Extreme Danger. She has also been involved with several commercial and training videos for the Corporate Sector. Her favourite Voice Over is still Curse of the Where Rabbit, the computer game for Outsource Media.
Belinda is Artistic Director of Az2B Theatre Company which she founded in 2012, writing & producing plays from evidence based research, passionate about the power of theatre to make a difference and impact change.
Az2B has since gained a reputation for creating high quality innovative, impactful theatre for Arts in Health, Education & Training. Experienced in forum theatre, improvisation and role play Belinda has worked with various organisations within the Health, Education & Business Sector and as a workshop leader/facilitator, developing training courses and educational programmes. She is also a hypnotherapist, teacher & puppeteer.
Grandma Remember Me? is written from the perspective of a young child. Lilly whose grandma develops Alzheimer’s. It explores their changing relationship from Lilly’s initial recognition that there is something wrong with her grandma, through the unfolding challenges and final acceptance and understanding of the disease. It explores the wider impact on family, the need for support and understanding within our communities and the importance of memories and relationships within our lives and how to keep and treasure them. “It is a piece of high quality theatre, very powerful, realistic and deeply moving.
What Do You See? explores dementia within a care home setting. Acting as a companion piece to “Grandma Remember Me?” it follows a later stage of dementia. It looks at the importance of life histories within person centred care, challenges taboos around death and shows the possibility of choice and the empowerment advance care planning brings. It takes good leadership to impact change, and as important as it is to create a positive environment and culture of care for residents, it is equally important to create an environment that staff want to work in.
Grandma on the Moon is a high quality piece of theatre which raises awareness and understanding of the bereavement process from a child’s perspective, encouraging us to have open, honest conversations around death & dying. It shows how children grieve differently to adults which can often lead to misunderstanding and confusion. It raises awareness of different support strategies to help children manage their conflicting emotions. We also see the impact of memories and the importance of keeping those we have loved alive within our hearts and minds even though they are no longer with us.
Az2B are currently in development with Wishes Fulfilled, this is to be the 3rd play in the dementia trilogy, exploring the final stage of dementia, death & post death. The aim is to have this in production in 2022, ready to tour next October/November.
For further information about her work, please visit www.az2btheatre.com
or contact Belinda Lazenby by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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