With National Dementia Carers Day on Sunday 9 September, find out about how we're making theatre accessible for those with dementia.

The fourth annual National Dementia Carers Day takes place on Sunday 9 September, an opportunity to recognise and support the work of the friends, families and carers of people with dementia.

At the RSC, we have been working to make our theatres more accessible for those with dementia and other disabilities. This year, 150 members of staff will be trained as Dementia Friends, learning about the condition and how to provide support to people living with dementia during their visit with us. Keep an eye out for their blue Dementia Friends badges as you go around our theatres.

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Finding Joy, a dementia-friendly show, comes to The Other Place this November.
Photo by Graeme Braidwood © Vamos Theatre Browse and license our images

We are also bringing Finding Joy, the award-winning production from dementia-friendly theatre company Vamos, to The Other Place on 9-10 November.

The play tells the true story of an 18-year-old boy who looks after his grandmother Joy as she experiences middle- and late-stage dementia. This wordless and highly visual show is accessible to d/Deaf audiences without the need for a signer.

The afternoon performance on 10 November will also be a chilled show, taking a more casual approach to noise and movement in the auditorium but without changes to the production itself. Chilled performances welcome everyone and are particularly ideal for people who feel more at ease knowing they can go in and out of the auditorium during the show.

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