Our pioneering project, A Life More Ordinary, gives people living with dementia and memory loss more choice, more control and greater access to leisure and cultural opportunities at The Dukes. Crucially, it is a project which takes place in ‘ordinary’ public settings, not in care or medical settings. The intention is that people can feel that they are able to come to an ‘ordinary’ social event, alongside other members of the public.

A Life More Ordinary welcomes everyone to the regular film screenings and creative workshops, creating a supportive, caring experience for loved ones and families to enjoy together.

We are inviting other venues to join the A Life More Ordinary Programme.  Anyone interested can contact Gil Graystone, Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer: ggraystone@thedukes-lancaster.org

“I am particularly impressed by the events from which my 92 year old mother in law not only enjoys but visibly benefits from singing along in the film interval brings back the woman we used to know”  Family member

“It’s nice that there are things like this going on. You don’t feel as isolated.”  Carer

“I come home feeling full of contentment and joy…”  Participant

For more information on the project itself please click here.

These film screenings have a relaxed atmosphere so that people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please.  Each screening has an interval with live entertainment.

Click HERE to view our upcoming screenings


£6.50 Full Price (£5.50 Concessions £4.50 Under 18’s)

Carers go free

Tea coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm
Light lunches are also available to buy in the The Dukes Cafébar



Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival

On Thursday 17 & Friday 18 May 2018, we held a unique two day festival, exploring how the arts are touching the lives of people living with dementia in wonderful and remarkable ways.

This event included 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.

Click the video below to see an overview of Creative Adventures in Dementia: A Life More Ordinary Festival.

Click here to read a reflective poem by ALMO Storytelling Artist Steve Fairclough – based on the responses of the festival participants.

Click here to view the festival gallery

Click the video to see one of the workshops delivered by Still Me at the festival.



Still me toolkit


Still Me is a person-centred, participative multi-arts group for people living with dementia and their caregivers.  It is one strand of A Life More Ordinary, a dementia arts programme at The Dukes, Lancaster, which aims to offer greater choice, and accessibility to the creative arts for people living with dementia, not only those diagnosed with the condition but also their friends, family members and carers.

There are 4 artists involved in in the delivery of Still Me and a multitude of positive outcomes have arisen from this unique collaborative process-led project.  The team aims to craft each session whilst always intending to remain responsive by offering an experience that is co-created by the people in the room.

This Still Me Toolkit aims to support artists working with people living with dementia.  Although each project, participant, environment and artist is very different, this overview intends to bring together some of the key considerations we feel would be useful when delivering work in a range of settings.


We welcome any feedback and ideas you may have about the Toolkit. Please contact Gil Graystone ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org.

The programme, led by The Dukes, has been rolled out to 17 other venues across the UK: Picturehouse at FACT in LiverpoolWem Town Hall in ShropshireChorley Little TheatreLudlow Assembly RoomsTheatr ColwynOldham Coliseum and Light Cinema Experience in New Brighton on The Wirral, Oldham ColiseumTheatr ColwynLight Cinema Experience in WisbechLight Cinema Experience in CambridgeLight Cinema Experience in WalsallLight Cinema Experience in Bolton, Light Cinema Experience in ThetfordLight Cinema Experience in SheffieldStephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and Hyde Park Picture House Cinema in Leeds.

Over the course of the programme’s first year, ‘A Life More Ordinary’ welcomed 1,878 participants to our screenings, creative sessions and events.

For more information on how to get involved in A Life More Ordinary please email our Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer, Gil Graystone, at ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org.

Click on the video below to find out how FACT in Liverpool have been developing the project:

Journeying Together: An Unforgettable Pilot Project

A 6 month pilot project funded by Esmee Fairbairn 2013/14

An innovative , creative project delivered by The Dukes in partnership with Age UK Lancashire  to enable people with memory problems or people living with dementia and their partners or family members to enjoy cinema and arts activities in a ‘dementia friendly’ environment.

Professor Christine Milligan and Dr Katherine Froggatt from Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University were consultants to this evaluation, giving advice on overall evaluation design and commenting on the final report.

Click here to read

A Life More Ordinary Final Evaluation Report 2018

Professor Christine Milligan and Rahena Mossabir, Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research

A comprehensive report focussing on the outcomes of A Life More Ordinary, a three year cinema and arts project based at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

Following the success of the pilot project, Journeying Together, The Dukes expanded and progressed the work through a three year project designed to:

– Develop a dementia friendly film-screening model that could be rolled out to other venue across UK.

– Continue and extend the programme of workshops offered at The Dukes

– Develop a new participatory theatre group at The Dukes for people with dementia and their family members

Click here to read