The Kali Theatre is bringing its two-time Offie Award nominated production, Sundowning, to The Curve for one night only this Friday.
This frank and moving new play written by Nessah Muthy - a recent winner of the Adrian Pagan Award and the Verity Bargate Character 7 Award - examines love, loneliness and guilt between three generations of women; and the sometimes brutal realities and responsibilities of caring for our elders with dementia.
The story picks up from when one of the characters, Alyssa (played by Aasiya Shah), returns from prison to find that her aunt has put her beloved grandmother Betty (played by Hazel Maycock) in a care home.
Determined to give Betty one last jolly, jingle-filled holiday and recapture childhood memories, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip to the seaside.
But soon Betty’s dementia and Alyssa’s troubled past catches up with them both.
The play, which is set in working class England, has received rave reviews in publications including The Guardian, Spy in the Stalls and Reviews Hub during its debut run this year, and features a stellar, all-female cast.
Sundowning’s writer has previously worked with a number of theatres, including Royal Court Theatre and National Youth Theatre, and is currently under commission to both the Iris Theatre and National Youth Theatre. Nessah has also written for Holby City and EastEnders: E20.
The play is directed by Kali Theatre’s artistic director Helena Bell, with design from Rajha Shakiry; whose recent credits include Nine Night at the National Theatre, Misty at the Bush Theatre and The Mountaintop at the Young Vic.
Sundowning’s director Helena Bell, said: “I have been a fan of Nessah’s writing since we first started developing work together almost a decade ago.
“She has a gift for conveying and scrutinising human feeling in the most understated and lyrical way. I am delighted to be bringing Sundowning to the stage.”
Playwright Nessah Muthy, said: “This play has been with me for a long time. It is inspired, in a small way, by my relationship with my own grandparents, who played a huge part in my upbringing, but the experiences of my characters affect so many, crossing class, wealth and ethnicity.
“My own experience of dementia has reared unimaginable pain, fear and anger, but also colossal, everlasting love. Ultimately love is what is left and in that there is hope.
“I have immensely enjoyed developing the play with Helena – including delivering workshops and spending time with people who have dementia – and am thrilled to see it come to the stage.”
See the official Sundowning trailer here.
For more information and to book tickets see the official Sundowning page.