See a dementia friendly production of Oliver!

See a dementia friendly production of Oliver!

A theatre in Leicester is holding a special dementia friendly performance of the musical Oliver! designed to meet the needs of patients, family, friends and carers in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

“We believe great theatre should be accessible to all and we’re delighted to be offering a Dementia Friendly performance of Oliver! this January 13," says Curve Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster. "In the last few years we have grown our number of access performances significantly and we are truly thrilled to be adapting our production of Oliver! for people living with dementia and their families. We hope this will be the first of many more Dementia Friendly performances at Curve in the future.”

Curve’s Dementia Friendly performance of Oliver! will only differ in subtle ways yet, the combined effect of the changes are designed to reopen the joys of theatre to an audience who may have thought that a trip the theatre was no longer an option for them. Changes and additions can range from opening theatre doors earlier to allow theatre goers more time to take their seats,  leaving the house lights on during the performance, providing quiet areas and additional signage to altering some of the sound and lighting cues in the performance itself to ensure a relaxed and secure environment for all those attending.

It is hoped that this inaugural Dementia Friendly performance at Curve will be the first of many. We think it's a great idea - do you?

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