Paradise Lodge - Tabard Theatre
London theatre news: Thursday 12 September 2019
Musicals - Off-West End - Shows
Based on writer Steve Cooper's own experiences of caring for his mother-in-law through her dementia, Paradise Lodge will transfer to London direct from a highly acclaimed run during Edinburgh Fringe.
Image: Tabard Theatre
Fresh from an acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe, Steve Cooper's Paradise Lodge is a musical comedy based on the writer's experience of caring for his mother-in-law as she lived with dementia.
Due at the Tabard Theatre from 11 to 24 October, this relatable and compassionate piece creates an immediate connection with anyone who has had experience with dementia.
The show is directed by Richard Oliver and performed by Steve Cooper and Sophie Osborne.
Told in a series of flashbacks and some comic songs from the wartime era, Paradise Lodge transports Vi, Ronnie and the audience back to a time when they had all their lives in front of them - to when they thought they would live forever.
Trying to make sense of dementia and its impact on those affected, the show explores the nature of identity, reality and loss, with a bit of Beyoncé's Single Ladies thrown in for good measure.
During their time in Edinburgh, Paradise Lodge raised over £1,000 for Alzheimer Scotland.
Steve Cooper commented ...
"The reactions from audiences young and old has been really touching.
People who were apprehensive that the show might be a difficult watch have said they took heart from learning that they weren't alone.
Health professionals have said it could be used to train carers.
People with Alzheimer's, dementia and their families have watched it together and each seems to find something that speaks to them.
When people come back the next night and bring others with them it shows that they feel ownership of the play.
For me, that's the highest praise.
Whether people have personal experience of the condition or not, they all end up singing!"
Show listing information
A hilarious, heart-wrenching musical comedy.
Two actors play multiple roles that have the audience laughing, crying and singing their hearts out.
Inspired by the author's experience caring for his mother-in-law when she was living with dementia.
The tears, the laughs (there were some laughs) and the music.
An exploration of identity, reality and loss… with a bit of Beyoncé thrown in.
Steve Cooper as Eric, Ronnie, John Black, Doctor, Tony
Sophie Osborne as Kylie, Vi, Carer, Beverley
Author: Steve Cooper
Director: Richard Oliver
Production: Doodlebugs Productions
From: Friday 11 October 2019
Closed: Thursday 24 October 2019
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