Ireland’s best-known children’s theatre company Barnstorm brings its acclaimed production of Monday’s Child to Bedford next week.
The award-winning family play tells the simple poetic story of the unique bond between a little girl and an old woman suffering memory loss. Together in a dream-like garden, they sing, dance and dress up as they explore a treasure trove of memory boxes.
At opposite ends of the life cycle, the girl is building her vocabulary while the older woman appears to be losing hers. The use of made-up words makes sense to them both – a clock is a “time-ticker”, binoculars are “faraways” and when determining what day it is, the girl confidently informs the older woman that “it’s today!”.
Monday’s Child was developed with input from neuroscientists at the University of Sussex and the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
Writer Brendan Murray said: “It came from a director whose mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s and she was interested in the relationship between her mother and her children. So we started to look at the idea of memory and the relationship between different generations.”
Monday’s Child was named as one of 2014’s Theatre Top Ten by the Guardian.
The show comes to The Place on Tuesday April 11 at 2pm. Call 01234 354321 to book.