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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.

Upcoming Dementia-friendly performances will be added here when confirmed.

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. The screenings will have a short introduction, an interval and refreshments as well as reduced price tickets.


The Wizard of Oz (1939) Friday 23 November, 2pm | 1hr 52mins

White Christmas (1954) Friday 21 December, 2pm | 2hrs 20mins

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