Scottish Opera is staging two dementia friendly performances of Puccini’s classic, La bohème: one at Theatre Royal Glasgow and one in collaboration with Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
Taking place at Theatre Royal Glasgow on Saturday 13 May at 3pm, and Saturday 3 June at 3pm at Festival Theatre Edinburgh, these specially abridged performances have a running time of one hour 45 minutes including an interval, and are carefully designed to make the theatrical experience more accessible to people living with dementia. Sound and lighting levels are adjusted for the comfort of the audience, and the cast is joined on stage by a narrator. Audiences will also be able to go in and out of the auditorium during the performance and see the show in the foyer areas on TV screens.
The Company staged the UK’s first dementia friendly opera performance, The Marriage of Figaro, at Festival Theatre Edinburgh in November 2016.