Scarborough Theatre hosts dementia-friendly performance

A dementia-friendly performance of the latest show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, The World Goes Round, will take place at 2.30pm on Wednesday 17 August.

The show is a celebration of the songs of Kander and Ebb, has been receiving rave reviews. It will be performed as usual, but with minor adaptations to make it suitable for those with dementia – some of the darker scenes will be more brightly lit, there will be more detailed announcements made and earlier access to the auditorium available, plus a nearby quiet room has been set aside for those who may need it.

All of the adaptations have been put in place following consultation with people living with the disease and help from the local Dementia Action Alliance.

Various local support groups will have information stands in the theatre’s lower foyer before and after the performance. These include the Alzheimer’s Society, Age Concern, the Community Police, Making Space, the Dementia Action Alliance, Orchard House and Dial-a-Ride.

There will also be free canapes and nibbles provided by the theatre’s Bistro before and after the performance.

Georgette Donoghue, the SJT’s representative on the Dementia Action Alliance group, said:

Great theatre should be accessible to everyone – a big part of being a Dementia Friend is helping to ensure that people can live well with dementia, and that includes being able to enjoy a great theatre experience with their loved ones in a supportive environment.”

Tim Kirkup, Chair of the Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance, said:

“We are delighted that the theatre has laid on a dementia-friendly performance during the show’s run. The Alliance’s aim is to turn the region into as dementia-friendly a community as possible, and initiatives such as this mark a huge step forward in helping to achieve that aim. We hope that other organisations will follow the theatre’s lead in the coming months.”

For tickets contact the Stephen Joseph Theatre Box Office on 01723 370541.

For information about accessibility click here to visit the Stephen Joseph Theatre website or contact them direct by phoning 01723 370540 with any enquiries. 

Article courtesy of Yorkshire Coast Radio 08/08/16

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