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Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit

One performer plays fifteen characters, who deliver a series of tropes, clues, plot twists and red herrings.

Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He’s determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It’s a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do. At heart of the show is a detective whose tool of the trade – his mind – is failing him, making the most important case of his life something of a challenge to solve.

As Jim commences his investigation and the body count begins to rise, he realises that he can’t rule himself out as a suspect – if your memory is sketchy to begin with, how on earth can you remember if you’ve just bludgeoned a ward manager to death with a paperweight? By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, this is a one-person theatre/comedy/spoken word/crime show with a lot to say about how we treat and perceive people with dementia.

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“Smart, witty, and razor-sharp. What's most impressive is the way Gee has used the whodunit trope as a way to expose the real-life indignities of living with late stage dementia. Part social commentary, part black comedy, and part Cluedo… as funny - and heartbreaking - as hell.” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

“A remarkable piece of writing… with a few well-chosen phrases, Gee creates fully formed characters that can be a source of pity, exasperation and humor… this murder mystery is also cleverly a comedy, meditation on human dignity and at its heart, a love story… with his shrewd mix of humor and heart, Gee strikes storytelling gold.” Orlando Sentinel

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Title: Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit
Artist: Rob Gee
Target Audience: Fans of murder mysteries and crime fiction; carers’ groups, people interested in issues around ageing and dementia; professionals in health and social care; people with an interest in mental health, including charities and advocacy groups; people interested in theatre, comedy, spoken word and storytelling.
Performance Band:
Special Consideration: This show prides itself on its low maintenance! No set or props, except a chair, just one performer.
Dates Available: General - we're based in Leicester, so can come over at any time.
Running Time: 60 minutes, plus interval, plus post-show conversation
Interval: Flexible - whatever's best for the venue!
Get In Required: 2 hours max
Get Out Required: 30 min max
Performance Space Required: Flexible. If there's no stage or riser, I might need a stool or small table to sit on at times.
Seating Layout: Flexible.
Number of People on Tour: 2 - one performer, one technician