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An Introduction to Dementia Friendly Performances

This workshop for theatre and creative industries professionals introduces the process of planning and delivering a dementia friendly performance. Practical and interactive, the session encourages theatres and arts centres to take their first steps in welcoming audiences living with dementia, and includes an opportunity to shadow the West Yorkshire Playhouse team during a dementia friendly […]

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The Playhouse’s pioneering Dementia Friendly performances on BBC news

The story of a Rothwell couple who attend dementia friendly performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse has been told on BBC1’s Look North programme. Tuesday 17 January saw the dementia friendly performance of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, welcoming people living with dementia and their friends and family to experience an adapted performance where audience […]

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West Yorkshire Playhouse Launches Guide To Staging Dementia Friendly Performances

A guide instructing theatres on how to stage performances for people living with dementia is being published by West Yorkshire Playhouse in Dementia Awareness Week. West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Guide To Dementia Friendly Performances provides best practice advice based on its award-winning performance model, in which the theatre-going experience is specifically tailored to meet the needs […]

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Leeds Playhouse’s pioneering festival of theatre, dementia and hope wins prestigious National Dementia Care Award

Leeds Playhouse’s pioneering festival of theatre, dementia and hope Every Third Minute, has won a National Dementia Care Award in the ‘Outstanding Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care’ category. The awards, which took place at the UK Dementia Congress on Thursday 8 November in Brighton, highlight the excellence, innovation and best practice taking place throughout […]

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Leeds Playhouse finalists in the National Dementia Care Awards

Leeds Playhouse has been announced as finalists in the National Dementia Care Awards’ ‘Outstanding Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care’ category for the Every Third Minute Festival which took place earlier this year. An ambitious and innovative festival of theatre, dementia and hope, Every Third Minute was the very first theatre festival of its kind […]

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West Yorkshire Playhouse announces Every Third Minute: a festival of theatre, dementia and hope curated by people living with dementia, opening with new stage adaptation of Still Alice

Continuing our award-winning work with people living with dementia, West Yorkshire Playhouse today announced the programme for Every Third Minute: a festival of theatre, dementia and hope. The first of its kind, the festival has been curated by people living with dementia and their supporters, acknowledging every third minute in the UK someone will begin […]

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West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £99,950 grant to develop Festival of Theatre and Dementia

West Yorkshire Playhouse, the UK’s foremost dementia friendly theatre having introduced the world’s first dementia friendly performance, has been awarded £99,950 from Arts Council England National Lottery funding to produce a Festival of Theatre and Dementia. Exploring the experience of living with dementia through creative activity, the Festival will create new opportunities for older people […]

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Ground-breaking smart caption glasses developed by the National Theatre and Leeds Beckett University Professor to be trialled at Leeds Playhouse

This April Leeds Playhouse will trial revolutionary smart caption glasses transforming access to theatre for audiences with hearing impairments. Audience members attending performances of Around the World in 80 Days between 16 – 28 April will be able to use the caption glasses in the Pop-Up theatre. Leeds Beckett University Professor Andrew Lambourne collaborated with the […]

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Community Tour – Around the World in 80 Days

THE MYSTERIOUS AND FABULOUSLY WEALTHY PHILEAS FOGG WAGERS HIS LIFE’S FORTUNE THAT HE CAN CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE IN JUST 80 DAYS. Accompanied by his valet Passepartout, and with Scotland Yard’s finest Fix of the Yard hot on his heels, can our hero make it back in time or will his plans be thwarted? This fast-paced […]

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Leeds Playhouse celebrates major milestone with Irwin Mitchell, continuing to place accessibility at the heart of the organisation

Leeds Playhouse is celebrating a major milestone with Irwin Mitchell, as the partnership between the two organisations marks 500 accessible performances supported by the Leeds law firm. In 2009 Irwin Mitchell became Leeds Playhouse’s Access Partner beginning a decade of continued support for the theatre’s long-running Access programme. Key achievements of the access partnership have […]

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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
SOYO Moda
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors