Creative Minds Project 2018

The Kings Theatre currently has a six-month pilot project funded by the Big Lottery Fund for those living with dementia.

“Arts activities are overwhelmingly described by people in early to mid-stage dementia as enjoyable, pleasurable, engaging, stimulating, and/or positively challenging,” Alzheimer’s Society.

For this project, many of the Kings Theatre staff, including the Box Office team and the Front of House team have received specialist training via the Alzheimers Society and are now Dementia Friendly Champions.

Creative Minds offers those living with dementia the opportunity to participate, create and watch theatre across a range of creative art practices including drama, music, movement/dance, film, creative writing & poetry.

Our current community projects: 

Albert Road circa 1907

Heritage Volunteers

Have you got an interest in theatre and local history? Can you spare some regular time to support us researching and developing our archive? Would you like to join a friendly group who work on projects about the theatres history? If so contact us at archives@kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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Upper Circle Seats

Dementia Friendly Film Screenings

The Kings Theatre hold Dementia friendly film screenings for those living with, or caring for someone with Dementia. £3. Dates TBC.

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Archive Team 2017

Access Focus Groups

Our Access Focus Group meet at regular intervals throughout the year. It gives us a chance to update you on planned access improvements, events and activities. It also gives you the chance to tell us what we can do to improve your visit to the theatre.
For more information, contact us at community@kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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Our past community projects: 

Dress Circle of the Auditorium

Portsmouth Twinning Projects

In July 2015, internationally-renowned French street artists and painters from Portsmouth’s twin city of Caen, Oré and Artiste-Ouvrier, exhibited work, created new artworks and worked with young people from Pompey in the Community. This was part of an Artist Residency organised by the Kings Theatre Portsmouth’s Community Engagement Team.

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Theatre of War

In 2014 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) launched a four-year funding programme to support heritage organisations in carrying out research projects linked to the First World War.

In 2017 the Kings Theatre’s received a grant for a project looking at the importance of live theatre during WW1 and what was happening at the Kings Theatre during the war.

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Lost Plays of World War One

In 2017 the Kings Theatre received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out a research project looking the Theatre during the First World War – Theatre of War. HLF put us in touch with the AHRC funded project Gateways to the First World War: Great War Theatre, an ongoing project recovering the history of theatre during the First World War.

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