Last night I was invited along to the Sheffield Lyceum theatre to see the stage version of the debut novel written by Lisa Genova and what later went onto be a movie starring Julianne Moore.
Still Alice is a story of a successful 50 year Harvard professor who is diagnosed with early onset Dementia. Her life begins to change when she begins to forget things, places, names. I think this is something I’m sure we’ve all done, but she soon realised it is something more serious when she gets lost on a regular run around the neighbourhood.
Alice is later diagnosed with early onset Dementia and the story unfolds. Life begins to change for Alice (played by Sharon Small) and her family. But throughout Alice continues to try to remain the women she once was. Heartbreaking to watch at times it shows the fear, frustration and sadness that Dementia has on the whole family.
Slowly she begins to disappear from her former self as she simply says ‘I miss my old self’
But Alice shows that there is still life to live and although it may not be the same life it once was, it is still worth living.
By the end, not a dry eye in the theatre as everyone witnessed just two people (Alice and John her husband) living what some may say was a simple life. Sat on their deck chairs together on the beach eating ice cream. Yes their lives were very different and some days were good and some not so good but they still have each other. I know a cliché but she was Still Alice.
If you are in and around Sheffield ‘Still Alice’ is running until Saturday 15th September 2018. Go grab a ticket you definitely wont be disappointed.
Coming soon to the blog …. Becoming a Dementia friend.
Until next time