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Classic films to return for people with dementia

PUBLISHED: 09:21 29 September 2020 | UPDATED: 09:21 29 September 2020

Contractors and supporters of the Seagull theatre, Pakefied celebrate the completeion of works to the building.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Contractors and supporters of the Seagull theatre, Pakefied celebrate the completeion of works to the building. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Popular film screenings for people living with dementia will return to a community theatre next month.

The Sunday Classics Film Club for people with dementia will resume at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: Seagull TheatreThe Sunday Classics Film Club for people with dementia will resume at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: Seagull Theatre

The film screenings for those living with dementia will resume at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield on October 18.

Management at the venue said they were “finally able to restart” the Sunday Classics Film Club “after a long gap” amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Sunday Classics Film Club for people with dementia is set to resume at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: Seagull TheatreThe Sunday Classics Film Club for people with dementia is set to resume at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Picture: Seagull Theatre

The theatre, on Morton Road in Pakefield, Lowestoft has had to put a lot of additional precautions in place to make the event safe, including limiting groups to no more than six and being able to keep each group socially distanced when in the building.

Theatre manager Karen Read said: “We have learnt so much from running socially distanced performances in September that we are now confident we can safely run these dementia friendly screenings.

“We have all the necessary risk assessments and precautions in place and numbers will be strictly limited to 36.

“It won’t be quite the same as normal – the social part of the activity will be heavily curtailed – but we still think our friends living with dementia will enjoy watching the films and being back in our building.”

The first film in the new season will be ‘The Greatest Showman’ which will be screened on Sunday, October 18 at 2.30pm.

The theatre is open from 1.30pm for people to arrive.

Due to the extra time that Covid precautions take, the theatre recommends that people arrive early for the screening.

The films are accompanied by a performance by popular local singers Stephen and Paul Amer and the staff often support the ambience by dressing up in style with the film on show – with everyone looking forward to the circus theme.

Due to track and trace and the fixed capacity it is important that families book in advance for this show via www.theseagull.co.uk

But you can also call the theatre on 01502 589726.

For further details of events and opportunities at the Seagull Theatre please contact the box office on 01502 589726.


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