Moving Dementia Play to be staged in Derby

A special play about dementia which has been performed in the House of Commons and been highly praised by the Prime Minister, will be staged at the Déda, 19 Chapel St, Derby on 14 October.

Patients and the public are invited to attend a free performance of Grandma Remember Me? which has been funded by NHS Hardwick and NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society to help raise awareness and understanding of dementia.

There will be two performances of the play at 11am and 2pm. Admission is free and tickets can be booked in advance at or by calling 01332 208845. The play will be followed by an informal workshop which will provide the opportunity for questions and discussion. Making Space, the organisation which provides the Derby Dementia Support Service will also be available to tell people about the support and services available in Derby for people with dementia and their carers

Performed by Az2B Theatre Company, Grandma Remember Me? is a beautiful story about a special relationship between a Grandma and her Granddaughter. It explores the importance of memories and relationships within our lives and how to keep and treasure them. Drawing on the experiences of living with someone with dementia, Grandma Remember Me? is a moving story told through a mix of puppetry, drama and storytelling.

The play tells the story of the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who develops Alzheimer's disease, and how she learns about the effects and how to cope with seeing a loved one affected by dementia.

The play has received letters of commendation from David Cameron and the Care Minster Norman Lamb. Az2b Theatre Company has been invited back to perform at the Houses of Parliament on 27th October.

Dr Steve Lloyd, Chair of NHS Hardwick CCG, which leads on the planning and buying of the county’s mental health services, said:

“We are committed to making things better for people with dementia and their families and we feel it’s important that we raise awareness of this condition through this interesting, entertaining and very moving play. I would urge everyone to see the play which deals with the effects of dementia on three generations of the same family.

Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:

“Dementia is likely to be one of the biggest challenges for health and social care provision over the next ten years. It is estimated that by 2021 there will be a million people in the UK living with dementia and currently two thirds of people with dementia live in the community. Clearly, many families will be affected by this condition and this play goes some way to removing some of the fears and concerns that people may have.”


Published: 30/09/2014