Descent landscape

Linda McLaughlin in association with Beacon Arts Centre


Sat 6 May 2017

Recommended for 14+ | 70mins

Descent explores one couple’s struggle to keep their love alive in the face of the raging force of dementia.

£12.50 / £10.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

The show contains some swearing and implied violence

"If you love someone you stick by them, no matter what happens. Because that's the deal. Isn't it?"

Nominated for Best New Play at The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016, 50-somethings Rob and Cathy are looking forward to reclaiming their own lives now that their daughter Nicola is grown-up and settled, but looming over them is a threat that could rip their future apart. 

Descent explores what happens as they try to hold on to each other – and themselves – in the face of early onset dementia.

*This performance will be BSL signed interpreted by Amy Cheskin.

'Straightforwardly powerful and heartbreaking’ - THE SCOTSMAN
'Touchingly perceptive... harrowing honesty...’  - THE HERALD
'Captivating… brims with insights and emotional depth.’ - THE LIST
'Moving and intense... an arresting piece of theatre’ - EDINBURGHGUIDE.COM
'Direct and arresting ... balanced, dignified and deeply sad’ - TV BOMB

After the performance there'll be the opportunity with the writer and director to find out about the artistic decisions made in bringing the show to the stage. Also present will be representatives from dementia support organisations and there'll be a conversation how people living with dementia can be supported to continue to live meaningful, enjoyable and fulfilling lives.  
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