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Thursday 7 May 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Tullynessle & Forbes Hall
Thursday 7 May 2020
Suitable for all
A musical comedy set in a care home, Paradise Lodge is based on writer Steve Cooper’s experience of caring for his mother-in-law in her final years as she lived with dementia. One in three people will develop some form of dementia and Paradise Lodge encourages people to think about the person behind the condition.
Eric and Kylie, a dysfunctional ukulele musical duo called The Doodlebugs, embark on their first gig together at the Paradise Lodge Care Home. Told in a series of touching flashbacks and songs from the war years, Paradise Lodge transports residents 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, Paradise Lodge explores the nature of identity, reality and loss, with a bit of Beyonce thrown in for good measure. A hilarious, heart-wrenching production, it has had audiences laughing, crying and singing their hearts out.
Paradise Lodge has recently returned from London following a successful 2019 run at the Underbelly in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. While in Edinburgh they also performed songs from the show at local care homes and raised over £1000 for Alzheimer Scotland.
**** The Scotsman “Astonishingly well-observed.”
**** The List “There is a warmth and compassion at the heart of the script”
**** LondonTheatre1 “Delightful and moving.”
**** BroadwayBaby “Funny, poignant and slick. Emphasises the characters’ humanity, without shying away from hard truths.”
Under 16 / Full-Time Education £6
*(OAP, Disability or Unemployment Benefit)
Tickets will be available from the following outlets four weeks before the event:
The Alford Bistro
Tickets available on the door, but booking advisable.