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  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour 10
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Fri 16 Sept
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More Information on Anniversary

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


Book Tickets

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 with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for 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

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

A conversation after the production with the cast and creative team

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
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