SundownerFADING memories are put into focus with Kage Physical Theatre dance company’s latest theatre production, Sundowner.
The show explores the fear, challenges and humour of dementia sufferer Peggy, played by the acclaimed Helen Morse.
“She [Peggy] actually has a life — she’s a writer, she has two grown-up children, she’s quite an engaged person who is dealing with this situation,” Morse said.
“She is a woman who finds herself faced with an awful and challenging thing and we have tried to explore those challenges in a very positive way.”
Sundowner was developed by Kage creative directors Kate Denborough and writer David Denborough, with the assistance of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.
In the ensemble, the performers use a combination of drama and dance to distinguish between reality and fantasy, memory and hallucinations.
Original and new music has been written by singer/songwriter Megan Washington and Paul Kelly, especially for the theatre piece.
Sundowner was devised from stories from dementia sufferers and their carers.
Morse said the production shows a positive side of the disease.
“What we learn from our conversations with the people that shared their stories was there were many hilarious moments in their lives,” she said.
“It’s not that type of doom and gloom.
“What Sundowner tries to show is that there are moments of joy and life in spite of the memory going.”
Sundowner, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, March 5-7.
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