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Every Third Minute: A festival of theatre, dementia and hope

  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill Leeds, LS2 7UP UK (map)

Created Out of Mind are pleased to announce that we will be joining the West Yorkshire Playhouse in their upcoming festival 'Every Third Minute: a festival of theatre, dementia and hope'. 

Continuing their award-winning work with people living with dementias, this first of its kind festival has been curated by people living with dementias and their supporters, and acknowledges that every third minute in the UK someone will begin living with a dementia. 

The festival will run from 9th February - 31st March and combine an eclectic programme of performances, conversations, installations, training and workshops, opening with a brand new stage adaptation of Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel Still Alice. 

We will be leading on a day of talks, workshops and creativity on Saturday 10th March as well as an installation running throughout the festival, that aims to enrich perceptions of dementias, creativity and the brain. Read more below.


Saturday 10th March 2018

Featured Talk

Our Director and Neuropsychologist Sebastian Crutch will talk about different forms of dementia and host a Q&A with people living with or caring for someone with a dementia about any unusual experiences and uncertainties they may have. 

Creativity Testing

A creative activity and conversation  exploring how we might test for creativity in people living with and without dementias, with our resident visual artist Charlie Harrison. 

Wikithon: Dementias and the arts

A session where people living with dementia and their supporters can edit and inform existing Wikipedia pages on dementia and related topics, led by an expert Wikimedian.

Music for Life

Music-making sessions inviting people to explore how music and improvisation can help us to experience the present, and communicate with others without relying on memory or words, led by musician Julian West in collaboration with Wigmore Hall.

Skin to Mind

Resident Artist Charlie Murphy’s video installation shows her skin cells being transformed into brain cells, to grow her mini ‘brain in a dish’ and offer insights into the cutting-edge technologies used in dementia research. 


Installation (running throughout the festival)

Talking Life on Tour

An interactive phone with the personal stories and life observations of people experiencing dementias, led by Susanna Howard. Excerpts are taken from the Created Out of Mind Talking Life series.


West Yorkshire Playhouse has a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leading UK producing theatre. The theatre is a cultural hub, a place where people gather to tell and share stories and to engage in world class theatre. West Yorkshire Playhouse supports the notion that it is possible to live well with dementia and aim to offer hope and encouragement to people living with the condition, while acknowledging its many challenges.