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The Last Memory play comes to Glossop
Monday 27th June 2016 @ 16:31 by Adam Higgins
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A poignant yet uplifting play about a family living with dementia will have a special meaning to a Glossop audience.

‘The Last Memory’, inspired by Glossop man Edwin Harrison, tells the story of a man whose memory loss is finally diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease.

While the actress playing his daughter in the Talking Stock Production’s play is his real life daughter Catherine Pasek.

The Last Memory includes true stories from Edwin’s family, real letters, memories and experiences.

Talking Stock producer Catherine is living in a similar situation with the characters in the play, her mother and father were in different nursing homes each suffering with late stage dementia. Sadly her mother died a few days ago.

She said: “This piece of writing is totally from the heart.

“We’re delighted to be bringing it to Glossop as it’s where my dad spent many happy years.

“He has had this awful disease for the past 15 years but despite the diagnosis and situation, we aim to show how it’s still possible to extract joy out of the pain and laughter from the tears.

“The other lovely thing is we will be performing at Partington Theatre on the evening of my dad’s 88th birthday (Thursday, July 14), which will make it extra special.”

Greater Manchester Fringe 2015’s Best New Writing winner Alan Stockdill’s piece is a powerful and positive portrayal of a family living with dementia.

“How can I go to Heaven if I don’t know who I am?” says Ernest to his daughter Lynne when his niggling and worsening memory problems are finally diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease

But Ernest  has a plan to leave a vital imprint of who he is.

Lynne, the daughter, is to be the keeper of his memory, the guardian of their past.

Edwin, 87, lived on Heath Road, Glossop and was district manager of the Halifax Building Society in Oldham between 1971 and 1987.

A Methodist Lay Preacher in the Glossop circuit, as well as a volunteer debt counsellor at the CAB, he and his wife, Margaret, former volunteer manager of the Oxfam shop and a High Peak magistrate, moved from Glossop in 2006 to live closer to their daughter in Halifax. The play also plays Oldham Coliseum on July 1.

The 7.30pm start show, at the Partington Theatre, is a fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s  Society and concludes with a question and answer session with the writer/director and cast.

For tickets (£10) go to wegottickets.com/talkingstock or contact Catherine on 07785 530129.

 

By David Jones