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Ideas & Innovations: Theatre & Dementia Symposium

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Other: For artists, practitioners,health & social care staff working in arts & dementia
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Following on from the performance of Three, this symposium brings together artists and practitioners to reflect on what it means to work in the arts with people living with dementia. How can artists explore creativity with people living with dementia? What are our opportunities and responsibilities? With a broader understanding of the potential of arts and dementia in recent years, what are the new challenges for this growing sector? Includes contributions from The Baring Foundation and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT), and talks by Churchill Fellows, who are funded by WCMT to research innovative practice overseas and bring back global insights for the UK.

This event is free but you will need to book and must purchase a ticket for ETM: Three. Tickets can be booked for training & workshops through the box office on 0113 213 7700. Please contact Nicky Taylor or Maggie De Ruyck for further information on 0113 213 7296


Supported by Winston Churchill Memorial Trust                           


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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.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 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
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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