Next of Kin: Dementia Care, Diversity and Family

As part of the Festival of Social Science, Y Lab presents the performance of a new play 'Next of Kin' and a discussion about dementia, hearing loss and the role of family in health equalities.

This event will showcase the premiere of ‘Next of Kin’ followed by a discussion about dementia, D/deaf communication, disabilities and healthcare.

ID: Image is black and white group photo of the Next of Kin production team and actors.
L - R; Sofia Vougioukalou, Claire Anderson, Kiri Evans, Steve Landsdown, Jonny Cotsen, Jules Benson


‘Next of Kin’ is a play that is based on anthropological research on the dementia care experiences of minority groups (in relation to ethnicity, sexuality and disability) and the impact of microaggressions on people’s lives.

In this free event, participants will have a chance to learn more about the research, watch the performance and take part in a discussion on dementia and health inequalities. The discussion will be interactive and participants will be able to share their own experiences and ask questions to the researchers, the performance director and the actors involved.

The event aims to change the way people view dementia and gain a deeper understanding of the way societal stigma and discrimination impacts on quality of life as well as how the arts can disrupt health inequalities.

This event will be of interest to professionals working in the field of dementia and health inequalities, people living with dementia and their families, as well people interested in theatre, arts and social justice.

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Event Details

Date: 12th November

Time: 11am - 12.30pm

This event will be captioned and BSL interpreted.


Dr Sofia Vougioukalou, Research Fellow, Y Lab, Cardiff University

Sara McKay, Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator (Under-Represented Groups) Wales, Alzheimer's Society Cymru

Juls Benson, Director, Reality Theatre

Jonny Cotsen, Actor and access consultant

Steve Landsdown, Actor

Kiri Evans, Actor

Claire Anderson, BSL interpreter

Maggie Hampton, Former Director of Disability Arts Cymru, D/deaf activist and carer


Additional Information

The Dementia and Diversity project is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Diverse Cymru. The performace is produced by Reality Theatre.