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R&D 'Sofa'/ 'Blueprint'
Hosted by The MakeShift Ensemble 10 Apr 14 Apr

Venue: Puppet Place Rehearsal Studio
Performance Time: 10:00
Performance Duration: 3:00

Hello – We are The MakeShift Ensemble and we would like to ask for your help. 

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Our next production (working title 'Sofa') is a piece based on memory. 

We are looking to investigate the effects of Parkinson's and Parkinson's related dementia on sufferers and the memories of carers and family members. 

The decision to focus the piece on this area comes in part from our own expereinces and in part from the recognition that often only the functional memory issues of Parkinson's related dementia are discussed, ignoring the changes in how we remember people, places and things. 


If you or a family member have experiences you would be willing to share with us, we would like to invite you to The Puppet Place, Bristol for a session to share your experiences and stories with us. 

if Interested please email

Please DO NOT email Puppet Place directly

There will be tea, coffee and cake and the session will be loosely structured but informal, respectful and we hope a good opportunity, not just for us to learn from you but also for you to hear other experiences that may offer you food for thought. 


We are hoping to talk with you about how you think of the past in the light of the present. Have the effects of Parkinson's on you or a family-member or friend altered your perception of your shared history?  

If you have cared for someone who has passed on after Parkinson's, how you feel the experience has changed your memories, both in terms of how you view past events and how you remember them? 


The two people running the session will be Jacqueline Avery and Laurence Aldridge. Laurence has direct experience of Parkinson's, through his father living with the illness for around 20 years, and Jacqueline has similar experiences of caring for a family member with dementia.  These experiences have prompted them to make a piece of theatre exploring the way our memories, perceptions and relationships are altered. 


There will be a second session at the end of the week, where they hope to present what has been developed during this first week of the process for your reaction and comments. 


If you cannot attend the session but would like to contribute, we would welcome emails with your experiences and your thoughts on the subject. 


Puppet Place Rehearsal Studio
Hanover Place
South West

Added by: The MakeShift Ensemble

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