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Anniversary (2016)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour 10
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Fri 16 Sept
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Performance, Music, Dance, Stories, Life

It’s not a time for living in the past or in the future but living fully in the present. We mark out our significant moments with anniversaries. Anchors in time.

Anniversary is a piece of contemporary theatre created by a group of older performers. Theatre that crosses boundaries effortlessly between performance art, contemporary dance, music and personal stories.

Developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse through a commission from The Baring Foundation in July 2015.

Baring Foundation




Click here for additional information about the Dementia Friendly Performance

Cast & Credits

Created by Alan Lyddiard, Nicky Taylor and The Company / Original Music by Christopher Benstead / Choreographed by Tamara McLorg and The Company / Lighting Design Pete Ayres / Dramaturg Dominic Campbell / Directed by Alan Lyddiard / Performers Christopher Benstead, Hum Crawshaw, Alex Elliott, Connie Hodgson, Villmore James, Tamara McLorg, Namron, Barbara Newsome, Sally Owen, Pat White and Maureen Willis / Members of Citizens Orchestra / Founder of Citizens Orchestra Harry Hamer / Band Leader Adam Smith / Drums Betty Crossley / Violin Edith Rayworth and Christine Foster V / Drums/Piano Bill Rayworth / Alto Sax Chris Sedgewick / Piano Cynthia Hirst / Bass David Binns / Flute Pat Anderson / Alto Sax Pauline Stuart / Trombone Richard Ellis / Tenor Sax Tom Halsall / Thank you to Donald Edwards (alongside Jack Gray and Harry Pitches) / Developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse through a commission from The Baring Foundation in July 2015 - Lead Artist Royston Maldoom /

A Performance Ensemble and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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