Play gives pow­er­ful in­sight into de­men­tia

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A SUC­CESS­FUL twowoman theatre show, which has im­pressed au­di­ences all over the UK, is com­ing to Mac­cles­field next week.

The pro­duc­tion, Over the Gar­den Fence, is de­scribed as be­ing ‘fast paced, com­i­cal and up­lift­ing’ and next week’s event is be­ing or­gan­ised by East Cheshire Hospice to high­light how de­men­tia af­fects the per­son liv­ing with the con­di­tion and those clos­est to them.

De­men­tia pro­ject leader at the hospice, Jac­que­line Crowther, has seen the pro­duc­tion sev­eral times and said the play helps to drive the mes­sage home that peo­ple need to see be­yond the dis­ease.

The play fol­lows Annabelle and her grand­mother Dolly, re­trac­ing mem­o­ries and mo­ments in Dolly’s life up to the present day and out­lin­ing the on­set of her de­men­tia.

“It’s a re­ally, re­ally, pow­er­ful play high­light­ing the fact that peo­ple with de­men­tia have led happy and ful­filled lives be­fore the ill­ness,” said Jac­que­line.

“It’s very emo­tional which makes peo­ple sit up and think about de­men­tia in a dif­fer­ent way.”

The play was writ­ten by two Univer­sity of Ch­ester grad­u­ates, Hay­ley Ri­ley and Louise Evans, who met while work­ing for an ed­u­ca­tional theatre com­pany in the city and is based on their own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I helped to look af­ter my part­ner’s father who had de­men­tia and we wrote all that heartache, love and laugh­ter into the play” said 28-year-old Hay­ley.

“Per­form­ing the play is al­most like ther­apy for us. We re­ally get caught up in the emo­tions.”

The play has been shown in the­atres, schools, care homes and at sev­eral con­fer­ences around the UK and the duo, who per­form as the Haylo Theatre Com­pany, are par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about an in­vite to per­form at the In­ter­na­tional Alzheimer’s Con­fer­ence in Bu­dapest next month.

The Mac­cles­field show takes place at the Methodist Church on West­min­ster Road next Tues­day, March 22.

Ad­mis­sion is free with a sug­gested £5 do­na­tion per per­son at­tend­ing and cakes and re­fresh­ments, pro­vided by the hospice vol­un­teers, will be pro­vided.

No tick­ets are re­quired but you can book a place from the hospice web­site www. east cheshire hospice.org.uk/ over­the­gar­den­fence or by con­tact­ing Jac­que­line on 01625 610364.

●● Alder­ley Edge Golf Club cap­tain, Bob Booth (left), with for­mer cap­tains John Deakin and Paul Pen­ney (right) present their cheque to East Cheshire Hospice com­mu­nity fundraiser, Leah Good­hind

●● ‘Up­lift­ing’ play Over the Gar­den Fence is to be per­formed at East Cheshire Hospice

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