Free tickets available for dementia-themed play, Connie’s Colander, this Friday

Published: 11 July 2018

Human Story Theatre is bringing Connie’s Colander, a play about dementia by Gaye Poole, to The Curve this Friday at 7pm.

Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie’s Colander, which brings her mother’s recipes to the screen.

With sensitivity, humour and tenderness, this play traces the evolving relationship throughout this mother and daughter’s lives, as well as the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s.

The play runs for 50 minutes and will be followed by a 20 minute post-show Q & A with a dementia specialist and the two actors.

Building on the story within the play, the audience will be encouraged to share their own experiences, both to offload and also to help support fellow audience members, during this segment of the show.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care said: “There are around a thousand people aged 65 or over living with some form of dementia in Slough and we are seeing a growing number of young people diagnosed with dementia too.

“Bringing Connie’s Colander to The Curve is a meaningful and engaging way to highlight this condition and how if affects sufferers and their families.

“We know there are people with dementia who are often isolated and lonely and it is critical that they get the right support when they most need it.”

Dr. Rupert McShane, dementia clinical network lead, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, said: “I’ve done a lot of lay presentations about dementia. But I have yet to find a format that is better than to have a Q & A after a performance of Connie’s Colander.

“Whether it’s being viewed by social work students, a mixed village hall audience, a packed room full of theatre goers, or even a conference of dementia specialists, the drama is enabling, it gets people to open up, to think in new ways; but above all to put themselves in others’ shoes.

“It’s a great vehicle to engage those for whom dementia is a real threat, and who find it difficult to make that first step towards seeking help. But that aside, it’s also just great theatre – I’ve cried every time I’ve seen it.”

Free tickets for the play can be booked via The Curve’s website www.thecurveslough.com and further information can be found at: https://humanstorytheatre.com/

“This is a compelling play, excellently acted and tautly directed ...” (****The Oxford Times)

“… beautifully crafted, tightly written, intensely poignant and moving exploration of the effect of dementia on a mother and her daughter…a short dramatic jewel.” (Daily Info)