The Theatreguide.London Review
In March 2020 the covid-19 epidemic
closure of all British theatres. Some companies adapted by putting
archive recordings of past productions online, others by streaming new
shows. Until things return to normal we review the experience of
watching live theatre
originaltheatreonline.com Summer 2020
This sweet little
vignette, barely ten minutes long, could serve as a public service
announcement for a dementia charity. It gently reminds us,
without undue preaching, that the Covid-19 lockdown can be
particularly confusing for those with dementia and particularly
stressful for those who care about them.
a Skype or Zoom visit between a young woman (played by the author)
and her grandmother (Miriam Margolyes).
Grandma is a little
disorganised – she puts flowers upside-down in a vase – and a
little distracted – she jumps from thought to thought. She wonders
why her granddaughter is on television, complains that her carer is
stealing her biscuits and tries to fix the younger woman up with the
delivery boy (Amit Shah) at the front door.
The granddaughter is
obviously pained by Grandma's deterioration, but the actress also
lets us catch flashes of impatience and annoyance, and of the guilt
that immediately follows them.
Playwright, actors and
Michael Fentiman very wisely and sensitively do not overstate their
case. Rosie is clearly in the earliest stages of her decline and
could easily pass for just being mildly eccentric, and it is really
the granddaughter's concern that signals us that something serious is
Nothing really upsetting
occurs before our eyes, and the
unhappy drama lies almost entirely in the knowledge that things will
inescapably get worse.
It is a slight piece but a touching one, and further evidence that the nascent art form of online theatre can be viable and effective.
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