Dementia awareness musical comes to Oldham Coliseum

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 18 March 2019

Elizabeth Godber, a Hull Uni and Leeds Uni creative writing graduate, wrote the show with the help of Dementia Friendly East riding and Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group to create an entertaining piece of drama, with enjoyable songs and comedy, but which also highlights the ongoing issue of Dementia in our society. 

“Nat, Ruth and Liv spend their days working dead-end jobs and evenings playing open mic nights, but when Nat’s Gran is diagnosed with Dementia, their lives change in ways they could never have imagined. Generations clash and come together in this tale of finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places. With an original rock soundtrack.”

The show is designed for younger generations, to enlighten them on a topic that may feel very distant to them. 

Elizabeth said of the show, “that it is really about what we can do to help people with Dementia, just because someone may not remember something doesn't mean they aren’t still able to love and laugh and they have to be treat the same as they always were”

The show features three Northern actresses, including Manchester School of Theatre graduate Millie Gaston, who play all of the roles and sing live to new original songs created by five up-and coming songwriters. 

Elizabeth has previously written for Leeds Playhouse, Hull New Theatre and has had work performed at Hope Mill Theatre. ’Three Emos’ will be her first national tour. 

Smashing Mirrors has previously been cited as creating “haunting and emotive piece[s] of theatre” by Broadway Baby, and ‘Three Emos’ is certainly no exception. 

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