[In Context] There is no fooling dementia

20:27 EDT 16 Apr 2018 | The Lancet

In just one hour on a stage with nothing but a piano stool, two actors bring to the audience a tale of love. Flirting with the foxtrot, Tom (portrayed by Mark Arends) and Viv (Frances Grey), become “You, me, us, and Alice” as the story of their relationship unfolds in non-chronological moments that move seamlessly between their first meeting, becoming parents (to Alice), and their ending—Tom besieged by dementia, and Viv struggling to make sense of the changes in the man she loves. Time transitions can be challenging for theatrical performances, but in Old Fools, written by Tristan Bernays and directed by Sharon Burrell, these shifts are engineered by linking dialogue with lighting and sound effects, lending to the play's sophisticated simplicity.

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