Dementia Friendly First For The Lowry With Gilbert And Sullivan Classic ‘The Mikado’

Ahead of Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017) The Lowry are pleased to announce they will be presenting their first ever dementia friendly performance this Summer.

Regan De Wynter Williams Productions will present Sasha Regan’s all-male The Mikado Tue 25 – Sat 29 July at The Lowry, with a specially adapted dementia friendly performance on Wed 26 July, 2pm.

Dementia friendly performances were pioneered by West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Lowry is proud to be the first theatre to offer one in the North West.

Although not yet confirmed, adaptions to The Mikado for the dementia friendly performance can include things like looking at the pacing of the story, if there are quick plot developments they may look to slow things down and make more obvious references to changes in the story. There may also be a lot of repetition so that theatregoers are able to follow along with the story.

As a theatre The Lowry can make adaptions like keeping the lights up in the auditorium so that theatregoers are not in complete darkness; having an open door policy so that theatregoers can see all exits and are free to leave when they need to; having extra trained staff on hand to help out with individual’s needs.

The Lowry is committed to providing access to the arts and has a silver ‘attitude is everything’ award. The Salford arts centre regularly presents British Sign Language performances, Audio Described performances, Captioned performances and Relaxed performances. This work extends into the galleries with accessible gallery tours and relaxed family activity.

More information on access at The Lowry can be found on the website.

Following the highly successful all-male tours of H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, Sasha Regan returns to Salford with the irresistible The Mikado – one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous operettas.

In true topsy –turvy fashion, Gilbert and Sullivan’s inherent humour and timeless tunefulness are married with Regan’s wicked sense of fun. This vibrant production successfully pokes playful fun at British politics and institutions. The crazy storyline takes us to 1950s England where a school camping trip is visiting the far away land of Titipu – a place where flirting is banned on pain of death and where tailors can become Lord High Executioners but cannot cut off another’s head, until they have cut off their own!
Listings Info
The Mikado
Dates: Tue 25 – Sat 29 July
Times: 7.30pm. Thu & Sat 2pm.
Dementia friendly performance: Wed 26 July, 2pm.
Tickets: £26.50 – £29.50. Conc £2 off.

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