Cockamamy by Louise Coulthard
Sunday 15 April 2018
Drama - London Fringe - Shows
Following sell-out runs at Camden Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the Lustrum Award for Outstanding Play, Cockamamy returns at Islington's Hope Theatre from 12 June.
Image: Hope Theatre
Louise Coulthard's Cockamamy (directed by Rebecca Loudon) will be at the Hope Theatre in Islington from 12 to 30 June 2018.
Starring Mary Rutherford (Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC; Metamorphosis, London & National Theatre) and Louise Coulthard (The Importance of Being Earnest, UK Tour; Doctors, BBC; House and Garden, Watermill Theatre) as her granddaughter- turned-carer, Cockamamy is a heart breaking and hilarious tale exploring companionship and what it is to both have and care for someone living with dementia.
Louise Coulthard cared for her grandmother whilst she was living with dementia, and her play explores the incredible bond between a grandparent and grandchild.
Far from a sentimental portrayal of decline, Cockamamy is an honest, funny, and insightful exploration of the realities of living with this degenerative disease.
Director Rebecca Loudon comments ...
"Cockamamy resonates with me on multiple levels.
The play tackles head on the silent feelings of guilt and failure often experienced by people living with the disease, while also celebrating the unique connection between a woman and her granddaughter.
I believe Louise's story acts as a valuable social tool by shining a light on one of the biggest causes of death to the elderly in the UK, while also demystifying the older generation to the young in a time when we are outweighed by an ageing population."
About the company
Think and Hit was formed in 2017 by Rebecca Loudon and Ruby Thomas.
Cockamamy is their first full length run.
This is the theatre of not knowing - asking questions that are hard to answer and exploring the truths that are not easy to think about.
The company is named after the quote: 'You can't think and hit at the same time.'
Their theory is that, by trying to do the seemingly impossible - thinking and making at the same time - they will be more likely to create work that is vital, honest and unpretentious.
Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous. Nonsensical.
'Where am I going? Where have I gone?'
Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team.
They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together.
Until things start to become ludicrous. Nonsensical.
Louise Coulthard - Rosie
Mary Rutherford - Alice
(To be announced) - Cavan
Author: Louise Coulthard
Director: Rebecca Loudon
Designer: Elle Loudon
Lighting: Chris McKay
Production: Think and Hit in assoc with Shaelee Rooke
From: Tuesday 12 June 2018
Closes: Saturday 30 June 2018
ActDrop full listing for Cockamamy