Dementia Friendly

Your Visit

We have a range of events which people living with dementia can enjoy:

> Specially tailored film screenings

> Adapted theatre performances

> A Music & Movement class


To book, or if you have any questions at all, please contact us via 01723 370541 or just call in to the Box Office.

We want to:

> Create a social space where those affected by dementia can enjoy a simple leisure activity

> Allow people with dementia to continue to experience that wonderful feeling that only being part of an audience can bring

> Continue to play a central role in making Scarborough a dementia-friendly community.

Dementia Friendly theatre performances

We work with our local Dementia Action Alliance and individuals living with dementia to make these events as accessible as possible. Some technical adaptations to the show may take place, there will be flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. We will have provision within our front of house space for a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage and additional staff to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

The 39 Steps: Thursday 19 July, 1.30pm
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Paul Robinson

The 39 Steps, which played for nine years in London’s West End, is a brilliant, fast-moving spoof including legendary scenes such as the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first ever theatrical bi-plane crash and a death-defying (well nearly) finale. Tickets from £10


Joking Apart: Thursday 13 September, 1.30pm
Written & directed by Alan Ayckbourn

For Richard and Anthea everything in life just falls into place. With their warmth, careless charm, generosity and business success they are a truly golden couple. Perhaps it’s inevitable that others suffer by comparison. Quiet misery, unrequited love and jealousy play their part in this painfully funny comedy - the world premiere in 1978 was an immediate hit. Tickets from £10

Dementia Friendly film screenings

These screenings are programmed in partnership with ‘A Life More Ordinary’ - a project led by The Dukes, Lancaster which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families, by providing fun film screenings in an adapted environment. Tickets £5, companions go free.

Calamity Jane (1953) Friday 22 June, 2pm | 1hr 39mins
With a short introduction by musical director Alex Weatherhill, an interval with refreshments and there will also be the chance to sing of some of the tunes from the film.

Some Like It Hot (1959) Friday 22 June, 2pm | 1hr 39mins
With a short talk, an interval as well as refreshments and reduced price tickets.

Dementia Friendly Music & Movement

Thursdays, 11am – 1pm | Click here to book

Gentle, creative sessions using movement and singing, having fun in a friendly environment. An opportunity to explore and express yourself creatively, for people living with dementia and their family and friends.

Sessions finish up with coffee and cake, included in the price. 

£35 per term / £3.50 per session
Book 10 classes (a full term) and get 1 free (saving £3.50)

The Dementia Action Alliance

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is proud to be a founder member of the Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance. With groups and businesses across the town, we are committed to transforming environments and attitudes, so as to allow older people with dementia and people with young-onset dementia and their carers to enjoy a full range of communal activities.

Dementia Action Alliance joins organisations across England who connect, share best practice and take action on dementia. Everything they do is in partnership, and informed by people living with dementia, and those that care for them.

You can contact Scarborough DAA via email or call 07980 290266.

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough