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Play, Sun 23 Sep 2018

Bingley Little Theatre in Bingley Arts Centre

Bingley Little Theatre in Bingley Arts Centre

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By Alan Stockdill

“How can I go to heaven if I don’t know who I am?” says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when he’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But he also has a plan: to leave a vital imprint of who he is. Lynne is to be the keeper of his memory, the guardian of their past. Join them on their journey; share their hopes, fears, smiles, strength and tears. Arrive with them as they seize the last memory and a carpe diem hope.

This powerful one-act play is inspired by a real-life situation with genuine stories and experiences. The performance will be followed by an interval then an optional Q & A session with the writer/director and actors.

“The actors dealt with the difficult subject of dementia tenderly and compassionately, picking out the humour, the positives, the memories and the ‘carpe diem’ moments in a beautiful, truly touching way…”

“One of the most moving and inspirational pieces of theatre I've ever experienced…”

“Shows the sheer love a daughter has for her ‘Daddy who is struggling to remain with his beloved family…”

“Brilliant. There was not a dry eye in the house…”

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DEMENTIA PLAY BRINGS HOPE

Award-winning Yorkshire playwright, Alan Stockdill of Talking Stock Productions, will be bringing one of his most poignant, powerful dramas to Bingley in September - a thought-provoking piece inspired by the true life story of a daughter caring for her father who has Alzheimer’s.

The Last Memory, an emotionally punch-packing two hander one-act play about dementia and family relationships, will be a fundraiser for local demential charities. It is being performed at the Bingley Playhouse Studio at 7.30pm on Sunday 23 September. The hour-long piece will be followed by an interval, then an optional Q & A session with the writer/director and actors. The performance is being supported financially by Marks & Spencer.

“How can I go to heaven if I don't know who I am?” says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when his niggling and worsening memory problems are finally diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease. But he also has a plan: to leave a vital imprint of who he is. Lynne is to be the keeper of his memory, the guardian of their past. Join them on their journey; share their fears, smiles, strength and tears - and arrive with them as they seize the last memory and a carpe diem hope.

The play was inspired by Edwin Harrison, the real life ‘Ernest’. It includes true stories from Edwin’s family, real letters, memories and experiences. The actress playing the character of Ernest’s daughter Lynne, Talking Stock producer Catherine Pasek, is actually Edwin’s daughter. She lived in a similar situation with both her late parents in different nursing homes suffering with late stage dementia. Catherine lost both parents to the disease in June 2016

“This piece of writing is totally from the heart,” says Catherine. “Dad had this awful disease for 17 years - but despite the diagnosis and situation we aim to show how it’s still possible to extract joy out of the pain and laughter from the tears.”

Tickets are £5 and the box office number is 01274 567983 (open 11am - 3.30pm).

Press and Audience reaction
“The actors dealt with the difficult subject of dementia tenderly and compassionately, picking out the humour, the positives, the memories and the ‘carpe diem’ moments in a beautiful, truly touching way.” - Halifax Courier

“One of the most moving and inspirational pieces of theatre I’ve ever experienced.” - GH

“Shows the sheer love a daughter has for her ‘Daddy’ who is struggling to remain with his beloved family.” - DB

“Brilliant. There was not a dry eye in the house.” - RM

Background notes

Talking Stock Productions was formed in Spring 2013 by Alan Stockdill and Catherine Pasek. It's an independent theatre company which pledges to produce compelling theatre with a loving heart and a LOUD voice. Since then they've toured several productions which have had consistently good reviews and feedback.

They describe themselves as a philanthropic theatre company with a keen social conscience as they have a continuing commitment to raise funds for local branches of charities through their work.

In the past two and a half years they have raised over £26,000, benefiting Alzheimer’s Society, Childline, NSPCC, Overgate Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal British Legion, Age UK, Bradford Cathedral Artspace, Manorlands Hospice. Ravenscliffe High School, Dementia UK, Sporting Memories Network, St John’s Hospice Dogs for Good and Bloodwise. They helped fund various Memory Cafés in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and the Dementia Friends group in Ilkley.

The company have also been nominated for and won several awards at different drama festivals and Fringes.

Alan Stockdill won Best New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe in 2015 with his play Le Grand Return.

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Dates Times
Sun 23 Sep 2018 19:30

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£5 + booking fee adult ticket.
£2 + booking fee concession (Under 18)

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Map reference: SE 106390  Lat: 53.84712 Long: -1.84035

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