Octagon Theatre creates Dementia Friendly performances

Octagon Theatre creates Dementia Friendly performances

Octagon Theatre Bolton have announced a programme of dementia friendly performances , including a tour to Dementia cafes and care homes funded by Ambition for Ageing, as well as their first ever Dementia Friendly performance of A Christmas Carol, taking place on Tue 9 January 2018.

The number of people affected by dementia either personally, or through friends and family, is growing. It is estimated that more than a million people will have dementia by 2025, with one in three born in 2015 projected to develop it in their lifetimes. 

As more and more people develop the disease, the Octagon is striving to find more ways to bring theatre to them.

It is the Octagon's vision to be a theatre for all so this week we have launched our first tour of 'Stories for All' which sees actors visiting day centres, dementia cafes, and residential care homes bringing music and drama to those affected by dementia. 

Associate Producer Deborah Dickinson says: “We believe that theatre should be accessible to all, so it’s our aim to make sure that we connect and engage with people who find it difficult to visit the theatre and to share stories. We want to reach out to people in the community to ensure that everybody who loves theatre and stories can enjoy visiting the theatre or having the theatre visit them.” 

Alongside this tour the Octagon has also announced their first ever dementia friendly performance to ensure everyone can enjoy the Octagon's festive production.

What does a dementia friendly performance involve?

  • We work with people living with dementia, consulting them on the changes that they need for the show and front of house environment.
  • We consider everything from sound and lighting cues, stage action and seating plans to signage and refreshment service.
  • We offer flexibility when booking seats, so if you need a little extra personal space you can ask for the seat next to you to remain unsold.
  • A relaxed attitude to come and go from the auditorium as needed and there will be a quiet space outside the auditorium.

Tickets are now on sale and can be bought at our Box Office or over the phone. For more information, call the Octagon Theatre's box office team on 01204 556505 or visit the information page online.

The tour was made possible by funding for Ambition for Ageing.