Dementia Friendly morning screenings at the Market Theatre, Sun Street

Films are on the dates shown and doors open at 10.45am.  Film starts at 11am.  Tickets available on the door or in advance by booking online.  Buy Tickets here

 

The remaining films in this season are:

 

26th April: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. 87 minutes.

 

10th May:  Jungle Book (1967)

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. 89 minutes.

 

14th June: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

 

After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett (Elvis Presley) becomes a teenage rock star. 96 minutes.

A season of dementia-friendly film screenings is coming to Hitchin, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Film Audience Network (FAN). Hitchin Film, in conjunction with advocacy charity Pohwer, will host the screenings in the Studio at the Market Theatre on Sun Street.

 

The screenings are made dementia-friendly through the use of brighter lighting, quieter sound and an interval. They seek to offer a safe space where those who live with dementia and their carers can engage with the community in a calm and happy environment. The Wetherspoons next door is also allowing drinks to be pre-ordered for the interval.

 

Maria Meehan, who works for Pohwer and volunteers for Hitchin Film, set up the initiative. She said: “We are aiming for an atmosphere that is accepting and welcoming – people can bring a blanket or a favourite cushion, a thermos flask, sandwiches and whatever is going to make them feel comfortable. I think the musicals in particular will go down well, as everyone will be able to sing along.”

 

 

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