Paradise Lodge is based on actor Steve Cooper’s experience of caring for his mother-in-law Dorothy in the final years of her life.
Steve, who’s best known for his roles in BAFTA winning BBC3 drama In The Flesh and appearances in Peter Kay’s Car Share and Coronation Street, wrote the play to try to make sense of the condition and how it impacted on Dorothy, her family and friends.
It also stars local actress Sophie Osborne who has also experienced caring for someone with dementia.
The performance focuses on dysfunctional ukulele musical duo, Eric and Kylie, embarking on their first gig together at the Paradise Lodge care home.
Taking on nine roles between them, their hilarious and heart-wrenching tale, takes the audience on an exploration of the nature of identity, reality and loss. One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re crying.