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Barbican Theatre

The Barbican Theatre is a regional centre of excellence for young, new and emerging theatre and dance artists, a community catalyst and cultural hub at the heart of the historic Barbican. It occupies a key place in the cultural life of the city, offering its audiences a contemporary theatre, dance, comedy and music programme at small-scale with a popular, alternative café/bar. The Barbican Theatre has a key development role in the city and region enabling young people and emerging artists to make work through access to spaces, networks and support to capitalise on talent. This process produces new products, new jobs and new enterprises that support the future regeneration of the city and creates the vital spark that makes the city a place to be proud of. The theatre has a 34 year history of community empowerment work, cultivating engagement in , and through, the arts. By supporting communities to come together and find their voice, we promote a fairer, more equal city where each individual is valued and respected.

Updated:
14 December 2015
Local Alliances:
Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As a public-facing organisation, we can support the delivery of better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in the following ways:

1. Audit the premises and implement dementia friendly signage.

2. Review the placement of brochures and leaflets.

3. All 10 staff members attend a Dementia awareness session.

4. The staff team become dementia friends and some, dementia champions.

5. Wider public engagement in raising awareness of dementia through Theatre-in-Education work in schools & community contexts.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Our mission is to offer as many people as possible, but especially the young, access to, participation in, and enjoyment of, high- quality artistic activity without prejudice. This is practised in the belief that such involvement cultivates, inspires and enthuses individuals and communities to explore and express ideas and needs, voice opinions, celebrate together and agitate to provoke social and cultural change.

Our priority is work with young people and emerging artists. However, our own produced work is issue based and devised to reflect contemporary society. Dementia awareness needs to be part of this. We do not have specific resources directed at this kind of work. However, work that embraces cross-generational understandings could be the bridge to undertaking awareness-raising work about dementia.

Member website

www.barbicantheatre.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Engage with PDAA to ascertain what role the theatre might have in raising awareness of dementia through it's professional sills in Theatre-in-Edcuation practice.

    Set up a meeting with PDAA members. Discuss PDAA action plan particularly around young people and dementia awareness i.e. the possibility of creating a bespoke interactive programme using drama tools to engage large numbers of young people to think about issues around dementia. Search for funding streams to enable a learning programme to be rolled out across the city.

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Investigate the national theatre scene to find out who is writing dementia friendly theatre.

    Plan a theatre production specifically for those living with dementia and their families in collaboration with Arts partners in the City in the lead in to Mayflower 400.

    Status:

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Investigate the national theatre scene to find out who is writing dementia friendly theatre.

    Plan a theatre production specifically for those living with dementia and their families in collaboration with Arts partners in the City in the lead in to Mayflower 400.

    Status:

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member