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Ilkley Playhouse

Ilkley Playhouse is a not for profit charitable organisation run by volunteers. Apart from being dedicated to the presentation of live amateur theatre, there are other events such as hosting the Ilkley Literature Festival and Ilkley Film Festival. The Trustees are encouraging the use of the building as a community hub and the aim in the future is to develop this opportunity in the town

6 August 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District 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?

We want to provide live entertainment for people affected by dementia and their carers, for them to enjoy, relax and feel welcome in a suitable environment.

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

This is a small theatre, run by volunteers.  We are self-funding. The building may have limitations, being built in the late 19th Century.  We have looked at the building and feel the lifts and facilities are suitable, and have arranged to have suitable signage in place, and feel that we can provide a safe and dementia friendly environment.   The Front of House Staff, cast and back stage people are being trained/or have been trained to help them understand dementia and be more aware of how to help and support all audiences.  We have held a Relaxed Performance last Christmas and we were all very pleased at how well it was received.


2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    Dementia Friendly training is being held for volunteers/ front of house staff/ backstage and tutors.

    Our newsletters and web site are trying to convey our Dementia Friendly attitude and also welcome anyone with any physical or mental difficulties in our community.  The building too, is being looked at to make the theatre more friendly and accessible to all.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Welcome people affected by Dementia to the theatre.

    The production of "Kiss Me Kate" on 6th June 2017, which is a Dementia Friendly performance, was well received by the audience and the cast very much enjoyed the evening.

    We learned a great deal from the experience.  There was one lady who was very agitated and cried, but the House Manager handled the situation very well and no one even seemed to notice that there was a problem. 

    As the show was a musical, the audience were encouraged to sing along and a great night was had by all.  


    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Learn from the Dementia Friendly Performance

    Review/ check/risk assessment in order to improve awareness of Dementia and create more activities in future.


    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • e Ilkley Theatre is inclusive to all.

    The Trustees want to encourage groups from all walks of life, including people living with dementia and people with other problems, such as learning difficulties to visit the theatre and use the facilities.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member