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PLAY ON DEMENTIA RETURNS TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT

dontleavemenowdementiaDue to unprecedented demand and following the sell-out performances at Quay Arts Centre in Newport last year, the acclaimed play ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ will have two further performed readings at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport on Thursday 29th October 2015 to help raise funds for this important and vital resource.

The play explores with humour and insight the impact on two very different families before and after a dementia diagnosis. Where does love end and duty begin – or does it?

Don’t Leave Me Now was inspired by the true stories of Professor Rachel Dixey who nursed her partner through early onset dementia for 10 years. She wrote daily in her Journal about her experiences. The Journal will be published in 2016. In the same Care Home lived Chris Toulman whose wife Cindy visited him every day and all day for the last 7 years of his life.

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Playwright Brian Daniels weaves the strands of these two stories to create a drama with authenticity and impact. A discussion will follow each performance led by Mr Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Endorsed by all major Dementia Charities – the National Council for Palliative Care; Cruse and Age Concern – the play was presented in 2015 at the Alzheimer’s Show in London by Angela Rippon. It has been professionally filmed by the NHS for use in training health care professionals and has had some 40 performed readings through the UK and Ireland. A fully staged production is scheduled to open at the Theatre Royal Portsmouth in 2016.

The Isle of Wight readings are the inspiration of Lady Sally Grylls who works tirelessly to raise funds towards the Admiral Nurse campaign and the charity Dementia UK.

When: Thursday 29 October 2015 @ 14:00 and 18:00.

Where: John Cheverton Centre, Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport PO30 2ER.

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Tickets: £12.50; £9.00 over 60’s

To book your tickets visit www.iwhospice.org/events or call 01983 535331.

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