Sundowning - Tristan Bates Theatre

Thursday 11 October 2018

Drama - Off-West End - Shows - Tours

Love, loneliness and guilt ricochet between three generations of women in Kali Theatre's production of Nessah Muthy's Sundowning, due at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 16 October to 3 November 2018.

Sundowning at Tristan Bates Theatre

Image: Tristan Bates Theatre

Due at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 16 October to 3 November 2018, Nessah Muthy's Sundowning is a frank and intensely moving new play about the true cost of care.

Love, loneliness and guilt ricochet between three generations of women as Sundowning brings home the brutal realities and responsibilities of caring for those living with dementia, and the impact on everyone involved.

The play is presented by Kali Theatre and directed by its Artistic Director, Helena Bell.

The cast is: Hazel Maycock, Nadia Nadif and Aasiya Shah.

Nessah Muthy said ...

"This play has been with me for a long time.

It is inspired, in a small way, by my relationship with my own grandparents, who played a huge part in my upbringing, but the experiences of my characters affect so many, crossing class, wealth and ethnicity.

My own experience of dementia has reared unimaginable pain, fear and anger, but also colossal, everlasting love.

Ultimately love is what is left and in that there is hope.

I have immensely enjoyed developing the play with Helena - including delivering workshops and spending time with people who have dementia - and am thrilled to see it come to the stage."

Director, Helena Bell, commented ...

"I have been a fan of Nessah's writing since we first started developing work together almost a decade ago.

She has a gift for conveying and scrutinizing human feeling in the most understated and lyrical way.

I am delighted to be bringing Sundowning to the stage.

A portrait of how family love and guilt can bind us, it feels so personal yet so universal whilst - with an aging population and diminishing resources - fuelling a timely and important conversation."

Here's the trailer ...

About the playwright

Nessah Muthy is a Writer's Guild nominated writer and winner of the Adrian Pagan Award 2018.

She has worked with a number of theatres including: the Royal Court Theatre, HighTide, the National Youth Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Kali Theatre, Punchdrunk and Theatre Centre.

For theatre, Nessah is presently under commission to: Iris Theatre and the National Youth Theatre.

For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City and EastEnders: E20.

She is the inaugural recipient of the Character 7 Award and is currently developing a number of new ideas for television.

About the director

Helena Bell joined Kali Theatre as Artistic Director in December 2017.

Her extensive career (spanning over 25 years) has focused entirely on developing, directing and touring new theatre writing.

She was Artistic Director of Pursued by a Bear Productions from 2006 until 2016 and Co-Artistic Director of Brighton's Alarmist Theatre from 1988 to 1998.

Her freelance directing and dramaturgical work includes early plays for Kali such as River on Fire by Rukhsana Ahmad (shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; produced at Lyric, Hammersmith & UK tour) and Love Comes In At The Window (double bill by Ahmad and Anu Kumar - Oval House, London & National Tour).

More recently she directed Satinder Chohan's acclaimed Olympic Year play - Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi as a co-production between PBAB and Kali (Arcola Theatre & National Tour) and in 2015 Veronica Dewan's She Is Not Herself for Kali at Tristan Bates, London.

Helena's productions as Kali's Artistic Director include War Plays (a season of staged readings at Tristan Bates Theatre) and Ready or Not by Naylah Ahmed (Arcola & National Tour).

Aside from its run at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Sundowning is schedule to play at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 10 to 13 October and at The Curve, Slough, on 9 and 10 November.


An intensely moving new play about love, loneliness and guilt between three generations of women.

What is the true cost of social care?

When Alyssa returns home from prison she's devastated to find her aunt has put her beloved grandmother Betty in a care home.

Determined to give Betty one last jolly, jingle filled holiday and recapture happy childhood memories, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip to the seaside.

But soon Betty's dementia and Alyssa's troubled past catch up with them …


Alyssa - Aasiya Shah

Teresa - Nadia Nadif

Betty - Hazel Maycock


Author: Nessa Muthy
Director: Helena Bell
Designer: Rajha Shakiry
Choreography: Yarit Dor
Lighting: Pablo Fernandez Baz
Sound: Dinah Mullen
Video designer: Daniel Denton
Production: Kali Theatre


Tristan Bates Theatre
1A Tower Street
Covent Garden


From: Tuesday 16 October 2018

Closed: Saturday 3 November 2018


Standard: £15

Concessions: £10


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