Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 October
Kali Theatre return to Theatre Royal Plymouth from Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 October with Sundowning. A frank and intensely moving new play about the true cost of care, Sundowning is written by Nessah Muthy (recent winner of the Adrian Pagan Award and the inaugural Verity Bargate Character 7 Award) and stars Hazel Maycock, Nadia Nadif and Aasiya Shah.
Love, loneliness and guilt ricochet between three generations of women as Sundowning brings home the brutal realities and responsibilities of caring for those living with dementia, and the impact on everyone involved.
When Alyssa returns from prison, she is devastated to find her aunt has put her beloved grandmother Betty in a care home. Determined to give her 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 catch up with them.
Nessah Muthy, playwright 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.’
Helena Bell, Artistic Director, Kali Theatre / director of Sundowning 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. A portrait of how family love and guilt can bind us, it feels so personal yet so universal whilst – with an aging population and diminishing resources – fuelling a timely and important conversation.'
Nessah Muthy is a Writer's Guild Award nominated writer, winner of the Adrian Pagan Award 2018, and the inaugural recipient of the Verity Bargate Character 7 Award. She has worked with a number of theatres including Royal Court Theatre, HighTide, National Youth Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Kali Theatre, Punchdrunk and Theatre
Centre, and is under commission to Iris Theatre and National Youth Theatre. For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City and EastEnders: E20 and is currently developing a number of new ideas for television.
Sundowning is directed by Kali Theatre’s Artistic Director Helena Bell with design by Rajha Shakiry, whose recent credits include Nine Night at the National, Misty at the Bush, and The Mountaintop at the Young Vic. Lighting design is by Pablo Fernandez Baz and sound design by Dinah Mullen with video design by Daniel Denton and choreography by Yarit Dor.
Tickets are priced at £15 and can be booked online at www.theatreroyal.com or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222. Concessions are available.