In recent years, dementia has been dramatised in various media, notably by soaps Emmerdale and EastEnders, the film Still Alice, and Florian Zeller’s stage play, The Father. It is an endlessly challenging syndrome to portray, and focus most often falls on the external manifestation: behavioural changes and social impact. I wanted to take the audience inside the heads of the characters and into their relationship, to feel the emotional and psychological landscape – and to shed some light on the intense human drama of late stage dementia, which is so rarely discussed.
The progress of mum’s condition took me out of professional circulation, as happens to many carers. Silent for so long, I have finally found my own voice. This is my story; listeners tell me it’s theirs too. As one observed, it’s not really about dementia – it’s a story about love.