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Social Worker's poignant comedy puts dementia carers under the spotlight

25 May 2015

New Perspectives opens a new poignant comedy putting both dementia and those caring for people with dementia under the spotlight. Unforgettable, by writer Tim Elgood kicks off at Derby Guildhall Theatre (20 - 23 May, opening in National Dementia Awareness Week, touring the production to a range of venues, including arts centres, village halls and a nursing home with it's final week and performance in the writer's neighbourhood, Crich (14 June) at the close of Carers Week 2015.  
Dedicated to the memory of the writers' mother-in-law Gaynor Stock, it was her fight against Alzheimer's that inspired the writing of the piece. The play focuses on central characters Rosie and Jed who - like so many others out there - are battling bravely on behalf of loved ones against an unknown enemy. As brother and sister their lives change as they deal with the effects of dementia on their family and their unique sibling relationship. Having worked as a social worker for 40 years, Tim Elgood wanted to write a play based on his life experiences, and highlight the effects of dementia on carers as well as those affected.

Writer Tim Elgood explains:
"My career in social work has without doubt been an influencing factor of this play. Added to that, you can only write about what you know, and this play is dedicated to my mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.Despite all the work I had done with elderly people, the situation is different when it is suddenly on your doorstep. Having personal experience gives you a subjective insight, while in social work a lot of advice you're giving is objective and theoretical. As we had a big family, we could provide care 24/7, but this process of organising care led me to think, what would happen if there were only two people dealing with the situation? I tried to not let Unforgettable become over sentimental, I always try to look at the humorous side of situations, as the subject matter could easily lead to something that's too dark and there's a lot of humour in this play. I think the subject matter will strike a chord with a lot of people."

Tim has been a social worker for 40 years and currently works with a psychiatric crisis and home treatment team. He commenced writing at the tender age of 41 years. He has largely written for stage and has won both the Granada Foundation Award and BAFTA - sponsored TAPS New Writer of the Year.  Last year he won the New Perspectives Long Play Competition.  He was commissioned by The Alzheimer's Society to write 'The Person Not The Problem' which was performed on stage and subsequently made into a short film. He has also had a play broadcast on radio. His plays have been performed at various East Midlands theatres and less likely venues, which include The House Of Commons. 
 New Perspectives' Emerging Perspectives programme inspires and engages with emerging and practising East Midlands' theatre-makers through writing support, company training and professional masterclass series. Unforgettable is the first winner of the company's annual full-length playwriting competition, Long Play 2014  - a competition introduced to seek out writing talent from across the East Midlands. The premiere also marks Artistic Director-on-Attachment, Theresa Keogh's directorial debut - an emerging East Midlands director who began a relationship with New Perspectives in autumn 2012.
New Perspectives' Executive Director, Sally Anne Tye went on to say,
'We aim to provide access to people and communities in all we do, touring and presenting professional productions, inspiring and engaging emerging and practising East Midlands artists and this play does just that. It not only celebrates regional writing and directing talent, but inspired by family experience we hope it will reach out to people in similar situations, and it is fitting to open the play in Dementia Awareness Week and close it during Carers Week 2015.'
Director: Theresa Keogh, Designer: Gem Greaves, Lighting Designer: Mark Pritchard Sound Designer: Drew Baumohl
Cast: Lennox Greaves as Jed, Anna Lindup as Rosie, Adam Donaldson as Young Jed, and Hayley Doherty as Young Rosie
Regional Tour: 20 May - 14 June 2015
Wed20 May 2015 -Guildhall Theatre - Derby- 7.30pm

Thu21 May 2015 -Guildhall Theatre - Derby- 7.30pm

Fri22 May 2015 -Guildhall Theatre - Derby- 7.30pm

Sat23 May 2015 -Guildhall Theatre - Derby- 2.30pm

Sat23 May 2015 -Guildhall Theatre - Derby- 7.30pm

Thur28May 2015 -StChristopher's Church Hall - Sneinton- 7.30pm

Fri29 May 2015 -Bonington Theatre - Arnold- 7.30pm

Sat 30 May 2015 -County Hall - Matlock-7.30pm

Tue02 June 2015 -The Castle - Wellingborough- 7.45pm

Wed03 June 2015 -South Holland Centre - Spalding- 7.30pm

Thur 04 June -Richmond Villages - Northants- 7.30pm

Sat 06 June -Old Village Hall - Northants- 7.30pm

Thur 11 June -Geddington Village Hall - Northants- 7.30pm

Friday 12 June -Gretton Village Hall - Northants- 7.30pm

Sat13 June 2015 -Key Theatre - Peterborough- 7.30pm

Sun14 June 2015 -The Crich Glebe Field Centre, Derbyshire- 7.30pm



New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
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