New Axminster Drama Club play to focus on impact of ’emotional rollercoaster’ dementia diagnosis

Axminster Drama Club is to next year stage a new play that focuses on the impact that a diagnosis of dementia can have on a family. 

With rehearsals well under way and tickets selling well for the society’s production of Nativity! The Musical in December,  thoughts already turning to its next show.

Set with a backdrop of the farming community, Because of Love is due to be staged at two venues over four nights chosen to tie in with National Dementia Week 2022.

Written by Andrew Coley, who will also be directing the production, the play will be performed at Chardstock Village Hall on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14.

This will be followed by two dates at Kilmington Village Hall on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21.

The story charts the effect that the diagnosis of dementia has on a family and the pressures they face as a result of the situation.

The script includes three parts for men, two for women and two parts that could be cast for either men or women.

Rehearsals are being planned to start in January, on Wednesday evenings.

With casting still to take place, a read-through of the script is planned for Monday, November 8, with an auditions evening lined up for Wednesday, November 10.

Both start at 7.15pm at The Plaza, behind Axminster Guildhall, in West Street.

Mr Coley said: “Dementia is a condition that affects many families and I wanted to highlight some of the challenges they face, as well as the support that is available to them.

“All of those involved, be they the one diagnosed with dementia, those who care for them or those who are a little further away, face an emotional rollercoaster as they try to account for the situation.

“In writing this play, I aimed to reflect some of those different experiences.”

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Tickets are still available for ADC’s current production of Nativity! The Musical, which is due to be staged on Friday, December 17, and Saturday, December 18, at the Guildhall.

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