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Every Third Minute Festival

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Every third minute in the UK someone will begin living with dementia. This season at West Yorkshire Playhouse we’re presenting a brand new festival of theatre and dementia, the first of its kind. Created by people living with dementia, Every Third Minute features an outstanding programme of theatre, performance and live music exploring new ways of looking at dementia.

Every Third Minute builds on the Playhouse’s pioneering work with people living with dementia, designed and delivered by the award-winning Creative Engagement team.

We warmly welcome people living with dementia to this unique festival sitting at the heart of the Playhouse’s Spring 2018 season.

Download the Every Third Minute Brochure here

Festival highlights include:

 Friday 9 February – Saturday 3 March, Courtyard Theatre

Alice Howland is stubborn, clever and driven – a professional at the top of her game. But, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50, she is compelled to confront her new reality and draw on her resilience to remain independent for as long as possible.

Alice strives to remain true to the woman she has always been, while relationships shift within her family, in her work and most importantly with herself. Uncompromising yet tender, this new adaptation of the award-winning novel truthfully acknowledges life with a progressive disease – its conflicts and burden, and its small, priceless victories.

Wednesday 28 February, Barber Studio


World Scrabble Champion Austin Michaels used to know over 200,000 words, then he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Since his diagnosis, Austin has been in a race against time to document his memories, before they fade.

Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 March, Courtyard Theatre


Tom is 55, today. As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt. Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, this powerful, explosive and joyous piece explores what is left when memory is gone.

Thursday 8 – Friday 9 March, Congreve Room


Bring the outdoors in, The Garden will take you on a multi-sensory journey through the seasons, inspiring your imagination and awakening your senses. An immersive performance for people with dementia and their supporters.

Saturday 10 March, Courtyard Theatre


The bright, raw magic and joy of personal relationships are set alongside the gradual loss of her grandmother to dementia as Northern Irish artist and composer Hannah Peel shares her spellbinding music album live.

Saturday 31 March, Quarry Theatre

Young people from our Playhouse Youth Theatre will be exploring the fragility and importance of memories. Join us for a thought-provoking evening of devised theatre, showcasing this unique perspective of living well with dementia through the eyes of the young.

Our Every Third Minute Festival brochure includes all performances, workshops, training and creative sessions. Please download here:

ETM Brochure final digital

Cast & Credits


Download BrochureThe Pop-Up Season
Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Download BrochureThe Pop-Up Season
Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors