Penryn theatre company to perform play at Houses of Parliament
A PENRYN theatre company is set to perform a play about dementia to MPs, ministers, lords and church leaders at the Houses of Parliament on Monday.
It has also been asked to tour the play in India.
Theatre company Az2B was created last year by Penryn actress Belinda Lazenby, who has appeared in Emmerdale, Exhibit A and The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, plus voicework on Wallace and Gromit.
The theatre company’s first play, Grandma Remember Me, is in the middle of a UK tour after it was first shown to pupils at Mylor Bridge and Penryn Juniors last year.
“The feedback we got from the kids was absolutely wonderful,” said Mike Holt, Ms Lazenby’s partner.
“It’s a great play in its own right, it’s entertaining, but it’s also educational and informative.
“It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but you will go away informed.”
He said one of the parents at one of the schools asked if he could bring his six-year-old to the play because some of her relatives had the condition.
“It helped the grandparents and parents explain what is happening,” said Mr Holt.
“They couldn’t explain it but through the play it answered lots of questions.”
Grandma Remember Me explores a special relationship between a grandma and her granddaughter.
Drawing on the experiences of living with someone with dementia, it is a moving story told through a mix of puppetry, drama and storytelling.
The actor who played Lilly last year, Michelle O’Reily, has since gone on to perform in a BBC3 program after studying at Tremough campus.
This year’s Lilly is Claire Kerrigan, who has appeared in Holby.
The play was performed in front of community leaders and experts in adult mental health at The Drum theatre in Birmingham on Tuesday.
It was performed today at Huddersfield University and will be shown in Leeds on Saturday before it is shown at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, hosted by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton and the Alzheimer’s Society.
“It is a big thing,” said Mr Holt. “It took a lot of jumping through hoops but we did it.”
Grandma Remember Me will be visiting the Poly in Falmouth next Friday, December 13, sponsored by Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance.
The Falmouth Dementia Action Alliance will be holding an awareness day outside Marks & Spencer in Falmouth on Saturday, 10am-4pm.
The play will also visit Bristol, Tavistock and St Austell next week.
Az2B has also been asked by the International Alzheimers Association to tour five major cities in India.
For tickets call the box office on 01326 319461. Tickets are £6, £4; family tickets £18.
For more details visit: www.az2b.co.uk.