Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival

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Event details

  • Thursday 17 May & Friday 18 May
  • Please refer to timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

A unique 2 day exploration of how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

‘A Life More Ordinary’ at The Dukes in Lancaster, invites people living with dementia, family  friends, health and care professionals, artists, researchers and, clinical commissioning teams, to share and discover some of the ground-breaking ways that the arts help us understand dementia better and play an invaluable part in how we journey through life together.

This event will include keynote speakers, performances and workshops by some of the most pioneering artists, practitioners, researchers and extraordinary people, working with people with dementia, in a variety of settings and in unique ways.

Please join us to explore, share and discover how the arts are revealing new ways of entering the world of people living with dementia and helping them to continue enjoying, richer fuller lives.

A Life More Ordinary is a 3 year project led by The Dukes, which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families, by providing fun creative activities and film screenings in an adapted environment 

Date Time
Thursday 17 May 10am – 10pm
Friday 18 May 10am – 6pm

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John Middleton – Actor (Reverend Ashley Thomas, Emmerdale)

Nicci Gerrard – Journalist, Author and Co-founder of John’s Campaign

Sebastian Crutch – Director of Created out of Mind, residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection and Professor at UCL, Dementia Research Centre

Clive Parkinson – Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University; the UK’s longest established arts and health unit.

Wendy Mitchell – Author of ‘Somebody I Used To Know – The first memoir written by someone living with dementia (Sunday Times Bestseller).  Wendy is part of the Three Nations Dementia Working group and is a ‘dementia blogger’ offering advice, encouragement and hope to others.

Dr Christine Milligan – Director of Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University and External Evaluator for A Life More Ordinary.

Roger Clough – Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University and Co-founder of A Life More Ordinary with UK partner venues of A Life More Ordinary.

Nicky Taylor – Theatre & Dementia Research Associate, West Yorkshire Playhouse

John Killick – Poet, ‘Dementia Positive’

Julian West – Creative Musician, Royal Academy of Music and musicians from Wigmore Hall

Dr Richard Coaten – Dancer and Dance Movement Pyschotherapist, currently working part-time with the NHS in West Yorkshire. National and international specialist in advocating the use of movement, dance and embodied practices for people living with dementia.

Louise Ann Wilson (Walks to Remember) – Louise is a scenographer, visual artist and researcher who creates: socially engaged and therapeutic scenography that takes the form of multi-sensory site-specific walking-performance, books and artworks and sited-walks and installations in rural landscapes

Storm Patterson – Outreach Officer at Film London for London’s Screen Archives (LSA) led by Film London

Anna Daly – A Life More Ordinary resident dance artist.  Anna is a creative movement specialist.

Steve Fairclough – A Life More Ordinary resident theatre practitioner. Steve has been a freelance creative practitioner for 20 years with a broad range of skills; performing, writing, directing and teaching. He has experience of working with all ages and abilities in regional theatre, community and schools settings.

Cognitive Shift – Visual Artist/Designer Alison Cough and musician Leo Nolan explore shadow puppetry and music

Still Me – The A Life More Ordinary participatory, multi arts group, present the outcome of 30 weeks of art making, theatre, dance and improvised play.


Additional Discussion Platform with Hannah Robertshaw and Adie Nivinson from Yorkshire Dance;  ALMO Still Me Artists Alison Clough, Helen Gould, Jonny Randall, Lee Affen, and others.

In addition there will be short films from a variety of organisations and artists working in the field of arts and dementia.

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On Saturday 19 May, The Dukes welcomes Theatre Re with their amazing performance of The Nature of Forgetting. 

Following a sell-out performance at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre Re presents a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory has gone.

Tom is 55 today.  As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt.

“Profoundly moving …An action packed celebration of life” FrontRow – BBC Radio 4, John Wilson

For enquiries and booking tickets contact The Dukes box office on 01524 598501 or e-mail:

In person:  The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE

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