Youtube video ‘An Evening with Dementia’ 

Student British Medical Journal

Review by Harriet Vickers ,  March 23, 2011

This plays shows the confusion, memory loss and depression that comes with dementia, and it’s a beautifully unfolding, engaging and entertaining piece of theatre.

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Mental Health Practice

Review by Lesley Warner  September 2010

When putting on an Edinburgh Fringe Show about mental health issues it must be tricky on the balance between raising awareness, educating the audience and providing entertainment ..  Trevor T Smiths magnificent portrayal of a former actor ‘accepts rather then suffers from dementia’ combines all three elements. 

26th Sept  6.45pm   CPD Performance Ipswich Hospital

I was touched and heartened by the honesty of “An Evening with Dementia”. This play is a fine piece of theatre  revealing the frustrations, joys and humour that may exist in the mind of someone who has dementia. It is honest, caring and very funny. A “must see”  for anyone who is a dementia carer.

Professor June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

In terms of both my work and research with older people and my role in training medical students in consultation skills I found this performance poignant, moving and funny. I experienced a range of strong emotions including recognition, sadness, fear, embarrassment as well as humour, relief and heightened understanding.

 Dr. Charlotte Salter, Senior Lecturer, Health & Communication, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.

Despite the fact that one in three people over 65 develop dementia, it carries with it a wholly unjustified stigma and remains one of the last taboo subjects that our society feels uncomfortable discussing.  Trevor’s emotionally charged one man performance brings the condition into the open and provides the opportunity to view living with dementia from a different perspective as he takes you on a roller coaster of a journey from peaks of joy and laughter to the lows of despair and heartbreak.  Whether you are one of the millions of people who have a close personal experience of dementia or really don’t know much about it you, will find “An Evening with Dementia” to be a powerfully entertaining learning experience that you will never forget. 

Willie Cruickshank, Director, Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance.