Two dramas help younger audiences understand more about dementia

The play ‘Grandma Remember Me’ helps younger audiences to understand more about dementia. Photo: Jerome Whittingham @photomoments.

Two plays are coming to the city this month, both written to help younger audiences and health-care students understand more about dementia.

For the past seven years Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group has hosted the performance of two plays about families living with dementia. The first play is called ‘Grandma Remember Me’, it tells the story of Lily who is struggling to understand the changes in her Grandma. The second play, ‘What Do You See’, looks at life inside a nursing home exploring advanced care-planning and how a nursing home can improve the care it provides.

The Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group is a small local charity who a known around Hull and East Riding for supporting people living with dementia, and the families caring for them.  The charity began as a small community group in 2010, holding one monthly meeting in East Hull, when founder June Cooke was looking for something to help her dad George. George had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After working alongside staff from the Hull Memory Clinic on a project to improve the environment at the outdated building, and a group of people living with dementia, the ‘Butterflies’ group was set up to fill a gap in community support. They gained charitable status in 2015.

June explained: “At our very first meeting, we discussed what we wanted to achieve from the group, everyone expressed that they not only needed support today, but that there is a real need to help the future generations to understand more about dementia.

“The stories in these two dramas unfold using a mix of puppetry, drama and storytelling. We are inviting school groups and members of the public along to see the plays. Grandma Remember Me is aimed at families and primary school groups aged 6 and above. What Do You See looks at the importance of life histories within person-centred care, challenges taboos around death, and shows the possibility of choice and the empowerment advance care-planning brings, it’s is ideal for students studying Health and Social Care.”

You can see both plays at The Club House Community Centre, Elm Ave, Garden Village Hull HU8 8PZ, on Friday 15th November. Doors open at 9.40am and 13.30pm.  Book your FREE places using eventbrite or telephone 07821 519212.

You can find out more about az2b Theatre Company and these plays at their website

[June Cooke – Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group]