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Original theatre piece uses experiences of dementia

The real life experiences of people who are living with early onset dementia have been used to produce a new theatre performance which is on show at The Civic in Barnsley this May.

The Ties That Bind, by Skimstone Arts, uses performance, original music and striking visuals to tell the story of Paul, a sound engineer whose world is changing as he deals with the effects of dementia and memory loss.

Claire Webster Saaremets, Artistic Director at Skimstone Arts, said: “The piece was commissioned by Edinburgh University and is based on the findings of a research project into dementia, along with stories collected from those who have personal experience of dealing with the condition.

“The Ties That Bind weaves in elements of what we learnt through our conversations and research, as we follow Paul’s story in what is an ultimately uplifting piece of theatre.”

The performance explores the effect the early stages of dementia can have on personal relationships and asks what it is that binds us to other people.

The work was commissioned by Edinburgh University and is informed by a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation and Alzheimer Scotland. 

The Ties That Bind is at The Civic on Thursday 18 May 2017 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.