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Dementia play performed in Crowthorne Library

The cast of Connie's Colander

A PLAY that looks at the impact of dementia on a family was performed at Crowthorne Library last week.

Connie’s Colander told the story of Connie, a retired domestic science teacher, and her daughter Emily, who is hosting her first TV cookery show.

Called Connie’s Colander, the fictional programme brings her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date.

Sensitively, with humour and tenderness this play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s.

Library bosses said that the play was an incredibly moving and insightful bit of theatre designed to raise awareness about dementia, something that was felt by audiences.

One member of the audience said: “The play was absolutely brilliant, and as a ‘carer’ who has just been through this first-hand, the content and the portrayal of this condition is absolutely superb; you capture the ups and downs of the relationship perfectly.

“I had lots of positive verbal feedback at the door as people were leaving and it looks as though we may also be able to host a dementia support group, so very good news for our local community.”

The play was followed by a question and answer session led by the play’s actors and helped by dementia specialists Lucy Trowbridge and Juliet Miller from Memory Clinic Nurses (Churchill House- Berkshire Health) and Shirley Pearce (Understanding Dementia).

These specialists were able to signpost people to their local services

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