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Swansea writer brings groundbreaking show home for west Wales tour
“An important piece of theatre about dementia in Wales.” - Wales Online
“This should be compulsory viewing for everyone living in Wales!” - Audience member, Cardiff
A powerful new play about dementia written by Swansea’s Karin Diamond comes to west Wales in the next few weeks. The production is creating a storm after playing to sell out audiences in its opening week in Cardiff and now West Wales audience can see what is being described as an important piece of theatre at Taliesin Swansea on 12 & 13 May, Lyric Theatre Carmarthen 17 May and Torch Theatre Milford Haven on 19 & 20 May.
Belonginghas received unanimous acclaim from audiences and theatre critics alike as it tackles a difficult subject rarely talked about on or off the stage in Wales and it can be seen across the whole of Wales throughout May and June.
The show is produced by multi award-winning theatre company, Re-Live. Karin Diamond from Swansea and Alison O’Connor from Port Talbot established the company in 2006 with the mission of creating a platform for the untold stories of our time. Their work has taken them to Japan, Australia and America but it is at home in Wales that their real passion lies. The theatre they create is challenging, truthful and seeks to get people talking about the big issues affecting people in Wales.
Both theatre makers attribute their success to their formative years spent in West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, which gave them an introduction to theatre that was truly inspirational.
Karin Diamond, writer of Belonging, who has previously starred in Eastenders, Tiger Bay and Pobol y Cwm is delighted and humbled by the first audience response to her play;
‘I am so excited to be bringing this production to my hometown of Swansea and other venues throughout west Wales. Dementia is a rising issue affecting all our communities and I want to connect with people all over this part of the country with this hopeful, truthful show.
It was always my intention to write a play that looked at dementia in a positive light, combining humour with honesty. I’m delighted that people are laughing as much as they are crying. Audiences are saying that dementia doesn’t scare them as much anymore, that they now view this illness in a whole new light. We’ve always known at Re-Live that theatre can change attitudes, open hearts, connect people – this opening week in Cardiff has shown all that and more.”
The production follows two families who are facing a diagnosis of dementia on a close family member and fear, denial and confusion soon ensue but it’s warmth, humour and compassion that shine through in this ground-breaking drama.
Members of the theatre and health care fraternities have welcomed Re-Live’s approach to using drama to inform and educate people about dementia. Indeed one theatre critic called it ‘a privilege’ to have seen the show.
Belonging brings a depth and understanding of dementia influenced by writer Karin Diamond’s Winston Churchill travel fellowship to Japan where she experienced first hand their creative and reciprocal philosophy of care for people living with dementia. Belonging has been five years in the making with real life stories from the award-winning work Re-Live create with people living with dementia and their experiential dementia training programme – the company have trained over 2000 health care professionals in Wales - providing much of the inspiration. The play is a testament to the courage and honesty of the people of Wales who have shared their experiences with Re-Live.
The play is directed by Peter Doran who has enjoyed huge success in the last year with his play Grav, a one-man show about the life of Ray Gravell and a five strong cast of Welsh actors.
The Lyric, Carmarthen
May 17th - 2.30pm & 7.30pm