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Cracked: New Light on Dementia Performances in January 2015

The Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance, University of Waterloo is thrilled to announce the production of ‘Cracked: new light on dementia’ which will present at multiple locations across the greater Toronto area in January 2015 for Alzheimer Awareness Month. See performance dates and locations for details.

‘Cracked’ follows Elaine Carter, diagnosed with dementia, as she and her family grapple with what the weighty diagnosis means. But Elaine pushes her children to see her as she really is, cracks and all. ‘Cracked’ casts new light on dementia to help us embrace the imperfections that define each of us, to envision new possibilities for relating, and to recognize and honour the individuality of those living with dementia.

Through dynamic physicality, complex storytelling and original music, Cracked’ is a vibrant piece of theatre that is intricate, engaging and filled with humour.

Developed together by a group of health researchers and artists, in regular collaboration with people with dementia and their family members, ‘Cracked is grounded in the idea that relationships must be front and centre when providing care for persons with dementia, memory in all of its forms must be valorized, self-expression must be nurtured, and the humanity of those who are living with dementia must be fully supported. The play has toured to long term care homes and been the keynote at a National Conference on changing the culture of care in Canada in the Ontario and Greater Toronto regions to great success.

‘Cracked’ has been hailed as “a ray of light” by Stratford’s Beacon Herald, as well as rave reviews from audience members.

Cracked’ features a strong ensemble of Susan Applewhaite, Lori Nancy Kalamanski, Tim Machin, Mary Ellen MacLean, Claire Frances Muir, Jason Chesworth and David Talbot. Researchers on the project are Drs Sherry Dupuis, Gail Mitchell, Christine Jonas-Simpson, Pia Kontos. Primary Playwright and Director, Julia Gray. Stage Management by Elizabeth McDermott, dramaturgy and assistant direction by Aynsley Moorhouse, music direction by Tim Machin, set and costume designs by Lindsay Anne Black.

Cracked: New Light on Dementia @ SpringWorks Festival 2014

 The Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance was proud to sponsor showings of the innovative research drama about dementia Cracked: new light on Dementia at the SpringWorks Festival 2014. We were thrilled to see children, adults and seniors all enjoying the show!

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For more information on any of the PiDC Alliance initiatives, contact Sian Lockwood, Knowledge Translation Specialist.

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