Date: 08 March 2018
CRN Yorkshire and Humber is proud to sponsor the Three tour, a set of short plays co-written by people living with dementia, which have been commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse. The plays will tour care homes and community settings in and around Leeds.
Three, a trio of 15-minute plays performed one after the other, has been co-written by people with dementia and professional writers, and is part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival.
Following Three’s debut performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 9 March, the production will tour for two weeks (12 March – 24 March) to care homes and community centres around Leeds. Engaging with a wide variety of residential care settings, the Playhouse's Community Partner Areas will be locations on the tour, such as Rothwell and Armley.
NIHR staff will host research cafes at two of the tour venues: Seacroft Grange, a care village in Seacroft on 15 March, and the Ramgarhia Sikh Centre in Leeds on 18 March.
The research cafes will be relaxed, informal gatherings giving members of the public the chance to get involved in research into dementia through the Join Dementia Research initiative.
Join Dementia Research is a service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies. It is led by the NIHR in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer Scotland.
Wendy Mitchell, the author of bestselling book Somebody I Used To Know, is a Join Dementia Research Champion – someone who cares about dementia research and wants to see progress against the disease accelerated.
Wendy was diagnosed with young-onset dementia in 2014 and has also been a consultant on Every Third Minute. She said: “I would urge people to come to these performances and see the vision that people living with dementia have brought to these pieces.
“The tour will also offer the chance to learn more about research taking place into dementia through Join Dementia Research. Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK and the only way to beat it is through research, so come along to one of the venues to find out more.”
Evie Chandler, Patient Public and Carer Involvement and Engagement Officer at the NIHR, said: “It’s wonderful that we have partnered with the West Yorkshire Playhouse to take our message of research and hope out to the community.
“We’re really looking forward to meeting people and sharing with them the possibilities of getting involved in dementia research. You don’t need to be living with dementia to be a part of dementia research, so we would urge people to get involved.”
West Yorkshire Playhouse Theatre and Dementia Research Associate Nicky Taylor said: “We’re delighted to be working with the National Institute for Health Research as Associate Sponsor of the Three care homes and community centres tour. Three celebrates the potential and creativity of people living with dementia, demonstrating that the stories they choose to share are valid and important.
“West Yorkshire Playhouse relishes the opportunity to share artistic work that promotes awareness of dementia within our Leeds community. By working with the NIHR, we’re hoping theatre can act as a conversation starter, to increase understanding of the importance of research in improving the experiences of people living with dementia and their families and to find new ways to start discussing health, creativity and living well.”
Acknowledging every third minute in the UK someone will begin living with dementia, West Yorkshire Playhouse are presenting a brand new festival of theatre, dementia and hope, the very first of its kind. Curated by people living with dementia, Every Third Minute puts people living with dementia at the heart of the creative process, and features an outstanding programme of theatre, performance and live music. It runs until 31 March.
Every Third Minute builds on the Playhouse’s pioneering work with people living with dementia, designed and delivered by the theatre’s award-winning Creative Engagement team.
There’s more information on Three here: https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/every-third-minute-three/ and more about Every Third Minute here: https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/every-third-minute/
To learn more about Join Dementia Research, visit the website: www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk
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