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Theatre Royal Wakefield

The Theatre Royal is situated in the heart of Wakefield, on the corner of Westgate and Drury Lane. There has been a theatre on the site since 1774, with the current building dating from 1894 and designed by the internationally known British Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham. The event programme at the theatre covers a wide variety of types and style of work including drama, dance, music and comedy. As both a ‘producing’ and ‘receiving’ house the theatre generates a growing number of productions with the specific intention of providing particular elements which cannot be sourced elsewhere. The theatre has an auditorium of 499 seats and uses Wakefield Art Centre as a smaller space for parts of the programme.

14 October 2013
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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

Theatre Royal Wakefield is a dynamic theatre that serves the city of Wakefield and the surrounding region. Renowned author and playwright John Godber is Artistic Director.

Theatre Royal Wakefield is committed to providing the District with a creative resource that focuses on people and communities and works in partnership with other organisations to offer new opportunities to participate in arts based activity. This work has the ability to change people’s lives and thus enable individuals and communities to realise their true potential.

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

One of the challenges for Theatre Royal Wakefield will be pinpointing what changes may be needed around the theatre, it’s also going to be important to increase knowledge of dementia in our staff as well as more general awareness of dementia from our patrons.

2. Actions

  • Staff Awareness

    We aim to improve staff awareness and understanding of dementia through training of our staff, we aim to train at least 50% of our staff and volunteers to be dementia aware within 2 years.

  • Dementia Friendly Environment

    We will plan visits to our building for people with dementia and their carers to assess our access and signage issues.

  • Relationships with other organisations

    We will form relationships with organisations who work with people with dementia.

  • Inclusion

    We will look for ways in which we can promote our events to people with dementia and their carers.