Play about living with dementia

Jack and Jill & the Red Postbox


Wednesday 30th October 2013

Stage 2 Theatre, Student Union, City Campus,  Northumbria University

Event starts at 2pm Doors open at 1.30 pm


1.30pm                                    DOORS OPEN

2 – 2.05pm                              Welcome and Housekeeping                 

2.05-2.15pm                           Opening Address                       

2.15 -2.50pm                                      PERFORMANCE

2.50 -3.00pm                                      Explanation of Discussion Groups  

3.00 – 3.20pm                         REFRESHMENTS

3.20 -4.00pm                          Discussion Groups (These will focus on Dementia friendly Communities’ issues. Details to follow)

4.00pm                                    EVENT CLOSES

 Please see the information for the event on the 30th October Cathy Bailey is coordinating the response

An Invitation to a performance of a nationally acclaimed play about living with dementia:

‘Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox’

Wednesday 30th October 2013, 2-4pm, Stage 2 Theatre, Student Union, City Campus, Northumbria University.

Together with colleagues Amanda Clarke (Professor of Nursing), Sue Tiplady, Isabel Quinn, Margaret Cook, myself amongst others, we have aspirations to achieve Dementia Friendly Community status for Northumbria University, the first in the region. As part of this, we have planned an October performance of a nationally acclaimed play, ‘Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox’. The play recently ran for seven days at the Edinburgh Festival having been premiered at the Queens Theatre in Hexham and there are a number of planned performances. The play is based on findings from a piece of our research about living with dementia in Northumberland communities. This research was cited in the most recent Alzheimer’s Society National Report. I attach a flyer and a programme and warmly invite you to join us for this performance.

We are planning very informal post performance discussions, focusing on what is meant by Dementia Friendly Communities and also asking you how we might develop a Master Class , a one day forum, to share expertise, knowledge and ongoing developments in this area.

Please do let me know if you and or your colleagues/friends can attend. This has proved a popular play so your early response would be much appreciated

If you are interested, please get in touch with me, Cathy Bailey[] or make contact, using details below. We will send further details of the discussion groups along with directions to the venue.

We look forward to welcoming you.



Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox has national acclaim, premiered at Queen’s Hall Hexham and performed at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received excellent reviews:



strong performances and subtle, affecting writing from artistic director Claire Webster Saaremets.......a poignant lifeline to normality." The Scotsman


"The performances are quite lovely, gentle and very honest...Skimstone Arts Theatre Company have made an admirable show, conceived and presented with the utmost tenderness and understanding " ThreeWeeksEdinburgh


If you would like any further information about living with dementia, please contact the Alzheimer Society in Newcastle:

St. Margarets Centre Heighley Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE15 6AR

Tel: 01912 742 727 


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