Chorley FC Community Foundation will next month be hosting Award-winning playwright, Alan Stockdill of Talking Stock Productions, bringing one of his most poignant dramas to Chorley FC on Wednesday 13 November. The thought-provoking piece is inspired by the true-life story of a daughter caring for her father who has Alzheimer’s.
‘The Last Memory’, an emotionally punch-packing play about dementia and family relationships, will highlight some of the experiences faced by those living with Dementia and their families on a daily basis. The hour-long, one-act piece will be followed by an interval, then an optional Q & A session with the writer/director and actors.
“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 he also has a plan: to leave a vital imprint of who he is. Lynne is to be the keeper of his memory, the guardian of their past. Join them on their journey; share their fears, smiles, strength and tears – and arrive with them as they seize the last memory and a carpe diem hope.
The play was inspired by the late Edwin Harrison, the real life ‘Ernest’. It includes true stories from Edwin’s family, real letters, memories and experiences. The actress playing the character of Ernest’s daughter Lynne, Talking Stock producer Catherine Pasek, is actually Edwin’s daughter. She lived in a similar situation with both her late parents in different nursing homes suffering with late stage dementia. Catherine lost both parents to the disease within six weeks of each other in the Summer of 2016.
“This piece of writing is totally from the heart,” says Catherine. “Dad had this awful disease for 17 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. His own sporting memories lasted to the end so it is fitting to be performing in a football club.”
Darren Jenkinson, Chorley FC Community Foundation Chair, added “Our weekly Sporting Memories group is open to anyone who wants to reminisce about sports of years gone by, but it’s particularly effective for those living with conditions such as Dementia.”
“We’re excited to be bringing this impactful performance to Chorley FC and will be inviting Dementia friendly groups and anyone interested in learning more from across the borough to join us on the day. The Community Foundation will be providing refreshments and asking attendees for a £2 donation to cover our costs.”