Relaxed and Dementia Friendly Performances

About Relaxed Performances

Everyone is welcome at Derby Theatre, and we want all audience members to feel as comfortable as possible during their visit. As part of this, we offer Relaxed Performances that are ideal for audience members who are on the autistic spectrum or have sensory sensitivities, or those who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. 

Each Relaxed Performance will be adapted for the specific needs of the audience – house lights may remain on at a low level throughout, other lighting effects may be toned down and the volume of sound effects reduced. Audience members are also free to leave the auditorium during the performance and use our chill out space.

Support materials for you to familiarise yourself with the theatre and show prior to your visit, such as a visual story and a synopsis of the production, are made available online before each Relaxed Performance, and will be attached to a pre-show email. All of these adaptations are intended to make the theatrical experience comfortable for all. 

About Dementia Friendly Performances

We offer Dementia-Friendy performances so that people living with Dementia, and their families and carers, can enjoy a visit to the theatre in a supportive and relaxed environment.

There will be a more relaxed attitude to leaving and re-entering the theatre and making noise, the house lights will be kept on a low level. There will also be a quiet space available for use at any time before, during and after the show. Our friendly staff will be happy to offer assistance too, including staff who are Dementia Friends.

We run regular Dementia-Friendly Information sessions in the theatre for those with Dementia, their carers, friends and family and anyone who would like to become more Dementia-Friendly. For Derby Theatre productions, we aim to provide a Dementia-Friendly social before our Dementia-Friendly performances. Please see our website or ask staff members for information on upcoming Dementia-Friendly events.


Extra Time

Dementia Friendly Performance: Thursday 14 October, 2:30pm


Treasure Island

Relaxed: Saturday 11 December, 2:30pm

Dementia Friendly: Wednesday 29 December, 2:30pm 


The Palace of Varieties

Dementia Friendly: Wednesday 2 February, 3pm