The Fabulous Fringe Festival
Long Story Short - Comedy
Gordon Southern returns to the Fringe with this sell-out stand-up show. A fearless show that uniquely examines family life and how you shouldn’t always meet your heroes. It shows how Gordon’s family use humour to cope with dementia, the wonderful moments when the old intelligence shines through the haze … or when Dad’s failure to find the right words means he finds some far, far better.
My Love, My Pet - Theatre
A one-man show about fish, forgetting and the fear of dying single. A child discovers death for the first time; an elderly gay couple struggle with the onset of dementia and a man reveals his fears from the trivial to the profound.
Winner: Best Actor, United Solo Theatre Festival New York, 2016. ‘Gaetano has a natural command of the stage… he delivers sensitive and poignant moments of love, loss, memory and death’
Over the Garden Fence - Theatre
Over the Garden Fence follows the story of Annabelle and her gran Dolly. Annabelle and the audience are taken on a nostalgic journey through Gran's life, sharing memories of happiness, sorrow and joy. It is a fast-paced, uplifting and comical exploration into family, life and relationships. The stories within the play are based on personal experiences. The play engages audiences in the discussion of not only dementia, but family life as well: including the ups and downs, the highs and lows and everything in-between.
Cockamamy - Theatre
Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous or nonsensical. Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together. Until things start to become ludicrous. Nonsensical. Cockamamy is a heartbreaking, hilarious story about companionship that explores the reality of living with dementia. A compelling new play, this sell-out show previewed at The Camden Fringe Festival last year.
Ties That Bind - Theatre
Paul's world as a sound engineer is changing, as early stages of dementia begin to affect his personal relationships. How can he remain connected to those who care about him? This touching performance asks, what ultimately binds us to others? What new stories can we weave that enable us to release old friends and join new ones? An uplifting combination of performance, original sound and potent visuals revealing the meaning of music and people in Paul’s life. Commissioned by Edinburgh University and based on their latest research along with stories collected from people living with dementia.
Blank Tiles - Theatre
Scrabble world champion, Austin Michaels (played by Dylan Cole) knew over 200,000 words. Then he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Since then Austin has been in a race against time to document his memories, his greatest achievements, before they fade from his mind forever. Let Austin tell you his story... if he can remember...
Dark Matter - Theatre
People say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes before you die but what happens when you have dementia? Where does the brain go before we die? Dark Matter is a devised and puppetry performance. We use visual and physical storytelling to dive into the universe of Alfie, an elder astrophysicist who lives with dementia. Star constellations and black holes merge in a race against the clock to discover meaning.
Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill? - Talk
Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh) reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences.
Research has shown that speaking only one language makes our thinking skills decline faster as we age and can actually make us more vulnerable to dementia in later life. So why aren’t public health campaigns addressing this? Should Fitbits be monitoring our speech as well as our steps?
The Robots are Coming! - Talk
Should we really fear robots? Whether as a threat to all our jobs, or even as possible enemies of humanity? What about stairs? What about batteries? Why not robots that help out at home or act as workplace team buddies? Ruth Aylett (Heriot-Watt University) reveals that social robots are being developed whose role is to assist – and even act as companions – for children doing homework and people with dementia who need extra interaction. Hear the real story about what robots can and cannot do, and where you are likely to see them soon.
Descent - Theatre
If you love someone you stick by them, no matter what happens. Because that’s the deal. Isn’t it?’ 50-somethings Rob and Cathy are reclaiming their own lives now that daughter Nicola is grown-up and settled; but looming over them is a threat that could rip their future apart. Descent explores what happens as they fight with courage, hope and humanity to hold on to each other – and themselves – in the face of early onset dementia.