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Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit

Show Details

Presented by Rob Gee

Performance date and time
Saturday, 5th October 2019
7:30 PM

The 'seriously funny' (Sunday Mirror) comic, poet and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee strikes storytelling gold with his smart, dark and very witty comedy-theatre crime show set on a dementia ward. Jim's wife has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He's determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It's a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do. By turns hilarious comedy and thought-provoking drama, this is a one-man triumph; part social commentary, part black comedy, part Cluedo and 100 per cent entertaining. _________________________________________________________________

A one-man murder mystery with a poignant twist. And a show that has won awards galore plus plenty of great feedback from its many tours to village halls. Jim's wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He's determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It's a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do. Show creator and performer Rob Gee has achieved the rare feat of combining serious and potentially upsetting subject matter and remarkable comedy into a respectful, considerate, entertaining piece of theatre. Gee slips between 15 different colourful characters seamlessly and weaves together numerous brilliant plot twists, hilarious comedy and thought-provoking and delightfully clever drama. Gee understands this complex subject well: 'For everyone who says, 'I don't want to see this, my dad had Alzheimer's', you tend to have two others saying, 'I really want to see this, my dad had Alzheimer's.' He worked for twelve years as a registered psychiatric nurse in UK and Australia. Now a full-time writer and performer, he wrote 'Forget Me Not' based on his experiences. Probably the biggest endorsement is that the NHS have used the show to help train healthcare staff in the area of compassion and ethics. Audience comments include: 'Compassionate and gritty. A tour de force! Very funny and moving and totally convincing in both character-acting and content… As though Chandler or Christie had risen and worked on a dementia ward… My mum has Alzheimer's, so the show was a bit of light relief… Beautiful, insightful, humane, bringing light to a topic we normally shy away from… I have dementia. I loved it. I'll feel really happy in the morning and I won't know why!' 'This was an absolutely marvellous show which made me laugh and cry. The acting was fantastic, and the story-line kept me fully interested.' Audience member 'Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking throughout. Made you think about this life destroying disease in a funny yet respectfully well-balanced manner. Brilliantly written and performed, it held the audience's attention from start to finish.' Audience member

★★★★★ 'Hilarious and heartbreaking' Victoria Times (Canada) ★★★★★ 'Remarkable.' Edmonton Sun (Canada) ★★★★★ 'A one-man triumph!' Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) ★★★★★ 'Smart, witty and razor-sharp. As funny, and heartbreaking, as hell.' Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Performer's website
www.robgee.co.uk

Running time
60 min + interval

Audience Type
Adults/Older Children

Age Range
14+

Ticket Prices
£11.00 Standard / £8.00 Under 16

Other Ticket Information
Doors open 7pm.

Main Box Office Telephone Number
01283 732450

Available From
Tickets from Alyson on 01283 732 450, Joan on 01283 732 377 or email alysonjlee@gmail.com

Additional Information
Licenced bar from 7pm.

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Venue's website
http://suttononthehillvillage.org.uk/

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Steps at entrance Ramped approach up to entrance Wheelchair accessible toilet

This performance is supported by:

Arts Council, England


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