A New Musical on the Horizon……..

There I was on Saturday, relaxing at home after my mini adventure….I’d decided against a trundle into town on the village bus and instead decided to get stuff ready for the busy week ahead. In the UK we had Storm Ciara heading our way, so I thought I’d better print instructions and get sorted just in case we had power cuts on my usual sorting day, Sunday…

I’d finished one hour of sorting, when I decided to snuggle down for a rest and a listen to a podcast with a cuppa, when suddenly my email sprang to life….it was a reminder from Michael Smith saying how they were on their way and looking forward to seeing me at 2pm in my OFFICE village café…😳😱🥵🤯……totally forgotten….hadn’t looked at my calendar as I rarely do anything on a Saturday 🙄…..

I quickly emailed back saying how I was looking forward to seeing them and a good job he’d reminded me 🙈….I then set reminders and alarms so I didn’t drift off into my own world and forget again!

These 4 young folk had visited me last year, when their idea was just a seed slowly growing, and asked if I would help after having read my book.. They all have some close connection with dementia, making it all the more special and important for them.

They wanted to make a musical, called, Once Lost, which would show the audience what it was like to live with dementia.

Well Michael emailed me a week or so ago asking if they could all come up from Cambridge to show me how far they’d got……I trundled along, my alarm having reminded me, yet again 🙄 to the village café where they were already and waiting. After hugs and them reminding me what happened last time, they then allowed me to listen to the main song of the show……..WOW……it was just beautiful with amazing words which captured perfectly how I live in the moment….they are sooo talented.

They are auditioning for the 5 roles now and it’s a wonderful opportunity for people simply to be involved in something special and they’re hoping all the money will go to charity.

I did try and point them in the direction of the right charities but obviously that will be their choice.😂

To say I was ecstatic for them is an understatement as they’ve managed to secure a week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August! 17th – 23rd Aug to be exact and each performance lasting about an hour and is in the daytime.

It will show both sides of the story, from the person living with dementia and from the care partners side. Once they’ve cast the roles we’re hoping I can meet them and also hoping I can see a performance before it goes live…..and, who knows, maybe see a live performance in Edinburgh……….just can’t wait. Obviously I’ll write more blogs and maybe even a review if I get to see the performance before it’s at Edinburgh…..

I wasn’t typing while I was with them, so most of this is from the paper they left me with the words of the wonderful song, and from their website which you can look at here

https://smittenfoxproductions.com/oncelostmusical/

You can also look at ticket information here..

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/once-lost-a-new-musical

But, of course, I did remember to get a piccie of us….

 

 

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

8 thoughts on “A New Musical on the Horizon……..

  1. This sounds fantastic, Wendy! What clever young people. I’ve had a look at their very professional website, most impressive, and lots of lovely comments about you! No chance I could get to Edinburgh, but perhaps it’ll be a huge success there and they can take it on a tour.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this theater information. My daughter was in a show at Edinburgh Fringe two years ago, and it was a great experience. I sent her the website links. Good music! Edinburgh is a wonderful city. It is one of the few places I’ve travelled outside the US. I wanted to just stay there!

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