Hull based charity supporting people across the region who have been affected by Dementia has described the brand new musical from Elizabeth Godber Three Emos as refreshingly positive.
The production, which came to Pocklington Arts Centre last Wednesday (10 October), tells the story of Emos Ruth, Nat and Live who spend their days working dead-end jobs in Hull, and nights playing open mic nights.
But a dementia diagnosis for Nat’s nan takes them in a completely new direction.
Generations clash and come together in this humorous yet thought provoking tale of finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
June, founder and general manager of The Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group, helped Elizabeth and the Three Emos cast research and prepare in depth for the production, something that she feels makes this musical stand out from the rest.
“It was quite refreshing to see a play which actually focusses on the positives. One of the problems we have is the negative language often used when talking about dementia, but Three Emos takes a very positive, user-friendly approach.
“We see a family’s practical approach to dealing with it and how the grandmother deals with it, she takes on a very positive attitude,” June said.
“The fact that they actually got involved in the research side of things has been really useful. As a dementia charity, we often get people coming to us and saying ‘we’ve got this play that we’ve written about dementia’. I always reply with ‘I wish you had come to us first. But Elizabeth got in touch with me before writing Three Emos, and the whole cast did the dementia training that we offer, which they found insightful,” June added.
As part of their training the girls went through a ‘dementia experience’, during which they wore sight impairing goggles to recreate the tunnel vision some people with dementia experience, headphones playing household noises, and gloves designed to replicate arthritic hands to give them a more realistic idea of what it may be like to live with dementia.
June hopes the production, which features Emo music, will appeal to a younger audience, helping to raise awareness of a condition that affects over 400,000 people in the UK today and rising.
Emo is a term used to describe a 1980s sub-genre of emotional hard-core punk rock.
Further information about The Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group is available at www.butterflies.org.uk