Depot has launched a programme of dementia-friendly screenings which began on 10 April with the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

Aiming to make a difference to people living with dementia in and around Lewes, the special screenings will be facilitated by experienced practitioner Suzy Harvey, who brings the action on screen to life in the auditorium, provoking memories and encouraging fun. Each guest is given a bag of props to immerse themselves in the films and re-engage them with the joy of cinema.

The auditorium lights are on a half setting throughout the film and the sound is slightly quieter. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and audience members are free to move around and come and go. There is a quiet area outside the screen for anyone who needs a break. Dementia trained Depot staff and volunteers are on hand.

Film is an immersive experience which can promote activity and stimulation of the mind; be an important tool for reminiscence, and is often associated with relaxation, engagement and, above all, enjoyment. Working with experts, Depot’s special screenings are filled with signing, dancing and frivolity.

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