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National Dementia Care Award for Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse’s festival of theatre, dementia and hope – Every Third Minute – has won a National Dementia Care Award in the ‘Outstanding Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care’ category.

The awards took place at the UK Dementia Congress earlier in November, highlighting the excellence, innovation and best practice taking place throughout the UK for people living with dementia.

The seven-week festival, attended by over 7,500 people, was made up of 11 productions including three new plays co-written by people living with dementia, four training programmes, sixteen workshops and a tour of care homes.

Every Third Minute Festival Director Nicky Taylor: “We are absolutely over the moon to be recognised by the National Dementia Care Awards. The festival showed that by meaningfully involving people with dementia as equals in creative decision-making it is possible to change the stories we tell about dementia.”

Leeds Playhouse runs regular activities for people living with dementia, including Our Time sessions for people living with dementia and their partners, Peer Support Sessions in partnership with with Leeds City Council’s Adults and Health team and cultural organisations throughout the city, and Dementia Friendly performances.

Cast of A Christmas Carol including Seb Smallwood (Tiny Tim) 2. Photography by Andrew Billington.
Cast of A Christmas Carol including Seb Smallwood (Tiny Tim). Photography by Andrew Billington.

The next Dementia Friendly performance at Leeds Playhouse is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Saturday 8 December at 2pm. Book online at or call the Box office on 0113 213 7700.


Samuel Payne
Samuel Payne
Reviewer of Theatre in the North, including releases of classic film and television.

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