Play readings at Harrogate Neighbours shed light on dementia


brian-daniels-rehearsing-dont-leave-me-now-at-wyp-032A play performed at Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association has helped shed light on the impact on families when a relative is diagnosed with dementia.


Acclaimed playwright Brian Daniels from Leeds brought his play ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ to the Harrogate Neighbours extra care housing scheme at Greenfield Court recently.  There were two performances attended by staff, relatives and other dignitaries including Councillor Nick Brown, the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate.


The play, which is inspired by real-life stories of two very different families explores the impact of early onset dementia on family life, has toured nationally and received endorsements from all the major dementia charities.


Sue Cawthray, Chief Executive of Harrogate Neighbours said: “We’d heard that the play had received critical acclaim for the gentle humour and powerful way it dealt with the subject of dementia, a condition that affects many of our residents and their families.


“This is why it was fantastic for Brian and his cast of four actors to come and perform the play as a way of engaging the audience in a different forum than a normal workshop and help them understand what people living with the dementia are experiencing. 


“It all adds to our work to ensure Greenfield Court and our residential care home, Heath Lodge, are truly dementia-friendly.”



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