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, dementia and hope, the first of its kind. Curated by people living with dementia, Every Third Minute features an outstanding programme of theatre, performance, training and workshops exploring new ways of looking at dementia.
An Introduction to Dementia Friendly Performances, 22 February
This workshop for theatre and creative industries professionals introduces the process of planning and delivering a dementia friendly performance. Practical and interactive, the session encourages theatres and arts centres to take their first steps in welcoming audiences living with dementia, and includes an opportunity to shadow the West Yorkshire Playhouse team during a dementia friendly performance of Still Alice.
TimeSlips, 6 & 7 March
TimeSlips (timeslips.org) is a world renowned, evidence-based creative engagement and community-building method that invites older people to imagine and create new stories together. Developed by theatre practitioner and academic, Anne Basting in Milwaukee, USA, TimeSlips brings meaning and joy to older people wherever they live ' and whatever their abilities. TimeSlips is particularly enriching for people living with dementia, as it replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.
For the first time TimeSlips Training and Certification will be offered as a 2-day programme on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th March, to equip artists, carers, health and social care staff with a new approach to communication and engagement with the people they support.The programme is delivered by Master Trainer, Joan Williamson, from Milwaukee, USA.
Getting Along Practitioner Training, 15 March
Getting Along is an attempt to address the change in relationship dynamic and to equip couples with some simple strategies to adopt where they spend the vast majority of their time ' at home with each other.
A one-day programme that aims to equip staff providing dementia services to:
Address and have a clearer understanding of both sides of the care-giving relationship.
Understand the broad impact of the presence of a dementia within relationships.
Gain confidence to respond to antagonisms within relationships
Adopt simple methods to observe interactions within the informal care-giving setting
To introduce a relationship-centred approach to their work and run formal Getting Along programmes.
The Purple List by Ian Baxter & Libby Pearson, 26 February
This short one-man play, is a touching, poignant, yet often funny, insight into the lives of two gay men as they navigate their way through the dementia care system and the changes in their personal relationship.
This Is Us - a performance platform by people living with dementia, 27 February
A performance platform showcasing new work by artists living with dementia in a supportive environment. This celebration of the creativity of people living with dementia encourages audience members to give feedback. Short performances of poetry, drama, puppetry, music and song, featuring Wendy Mitchell, Cognitive Shift, Our Time & Doing Dementia Differently Intergenerational Choir.
Blank Tiles by Dylan Cole, 28 February
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.
The Nature of Forgetting by Theatre Re, 6 - 9 March
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.
Three, 9 March
Three brand new short plays showcasing unique stories of life and flights of the imagination by rarely heard voices, co-written by people living with dementia and professional writers.
I See Land Ahead by Bob Fulcher & Dominic Gately
Hamari Yaadain / Our Memories by Hamari Yaadain Memory CafÃ© & Ming Ho
A Horse Called Freedom by Rosa Peterson & Barney Bardsley
If you are a practitioner, artist, or health and social care you may also wish to book for Ideas and Innovations ' Theatre and Dementia Symposium which follows the performance on 9 March.
Hannah Peel: Awake But Always Dreaming, 10 March
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.
Full festival brochure is available here: