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Civic theatre performance unravels the changing world of dementia

The real life experiences of people who are living with early onset dementia have been used to produce a new theatre performance which is on show at The Civic, Barnsley this May.

In an experimental theatre piece unravelling a changing world of dementia, The Ties That Bind weaves together the real and the imagined, exploring what binds us to life.

The show uses performance, original music and striking visuals to tell the story of Paul, a sound engineer whose world is changing as he deals with the effects of dementia and memory loss.

Speaking about the piece, Claire Webster Saaremets, Artistic Director Skimstone Arts said: “The Ties That Bind weaves in elements of what we learnt through our conversations and research, as we follow Paul’s story in what is an ultimately uplifting piece of theatre.”

Northern Based Skimstone Arts present physical theatre, original sound and striking visuals and asks: how does memory loss fray intimate relationships? What binds us to others? When not recognised by a loved one who do we become?

Inspired by research findings from Edinburugh University, stories collected from those who have a personal experience of dealing with early onset dementia and using powerful metaphors, The Ties that Binds seeks to understand how those living with dementia view and respond to threads of memory, friendship and fabric of life.

”Strong performances and subtle, affecting writing from artistic director Claire Webster Saaremets…a poignant lifeline to normality.” – The Scotsman (Edinburgh festival 2013)

  • The Ties That Bind is at The Civic on Thursday 18th May 2017 at 3.00pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for 12+

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