Living with dementia? You’re having a laugh!
”This is a journey of connection, forgiveness, comedy and compassion.”
Guy Somerset, New Zealand LISTENER
Written and performed by Julie McNamara
Director: Paulette Randall
Designer: Libby Watson
Lighting design: Crin Claxton
Visuals: Caglar Kimyoncu
Production: Vital Xposure
5 June, 19:00 Pulse Festival Ipswich
The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS
Box Office: 01473 295 900
26,27,28 June, 19.30pm Anxiety Festival
Albany Theatre, Douglas way, London SE8 4AG
Box office: 020 8692 4446
A tender and unique exploration of the impact of Alzheimer’s on family relations. Julie McNamara has recorded her Mother’s songs and stories, filmed and photographed her in all her glory, over many years. The result is a compelling piece of theatre, an extraordinary love letter straight from the heart welded with a wicked underlying humour.
Let Me Stay is a celebration of life and love as seen through the eyes of Shirley McNamara, Queen of the Mersey. Alzheimer’s does not have to be a tragic and apologetic withdrawal from life. Think of it as a shedding of all care, with two fingers at the world and a constant sense of glee. It’s a lifestyle choice for some…
Driven by a passion for social justice, Julie McNamara’s work focuses on forgotten voices. Her writing comes from vivid landscapes of madness and moves the audience from bleak spaces into a gleeful absurdity. She is a great advocate within Disability Arts and is constantly seeking out imaginative solutions to open out her work to new audiences.
Vital Xposure is a bold, dynamic new production company operating under the creative leadership of disabled artist Julie McNamara. Created in 2011 the company sets out to promote hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell.