This chapter looks at how theatre-makers are responding to dementia. Examining how it has been variously represented on the main stage, it traces a shift from plays about dementia towards a theatre of co-creation. Analysing productions that have been made in collaboration with people with dementia, it considers some of the specific ways in which dementia productively disrupts processes of dramatic composition. It argues that dramaturgical approaches which combine access and estrangement might, in addition to offering a more authentic form of representation, be of value to people with dementia as audience members and performers. It considers the wider implications of this approach and how people with dementia can shake up the conventions of theatregoing, re-framing it as an interdependent and vulnerable experience.
- Dementia-friendly theatre