Human Story Theatre are taking a novel approach to understanding dementia with Connie’s Colander, touring to libraries this Summer

Written by Human Story Theatre’s Gaye Poole, Connie’s Colander is a charming two-hander play intertwining a mother and daughter’s journey with dementia.

Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie’s Colander, bringing her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date. This newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s. Can their relationship, and the TV show, survive?

Like with all Human Story Theatre productions this is a stripped back, ‘no frills’ approach to theatre that focuses on the play and the acting, creating an atmosphere that is both intimate and informal.

This atmosphere is then continued by the actors after the show, who facilitate a 20 minute Q&A with guest specialists offering information and stories of living well with dementia. The audience is encouraged to share their own experiences, building on the story within the play, both to ‘offload’ and also to help support fellow audience members, and often people are signposted to services. Carers Bucks staff Ann Whiteley (Adult Carers Service Manager) and Ruth Marriott (Carers Lounge Co-ordinator at Stoke Mandeville) will be available to speak to at the Q&A after the performance on 23rd May at The Beaconsfield School.

9 May – Olney Library, Bucks – 7pm

Tickets: 01234 711 474

15 May – Stony Stratford Library, Milton Keynes – 7pm

Tickets: 01908 562 562

16 May – Milton Keynes Central Library, Milton Keynes – 6.30pm

Tickets: 01908 254 050

22 May – Haddenham Library, Bucks – 7.30pm

Tickets: Connie’s Colander – Eventbrite

23 May – The Beaconsfield School, Bucks – 7.30pm

Carers Bucks staff Ann Whiteley (Adult Carers Service Manager) and Ruth Marriott (Carers Lounge Co-ordinator at Stoke Mandeville) will be available to speak to at the Q&A after the performance.

Tickets: Connie’s Colander – Eventbrite

“The acting is a tour de force by Amy Enticknap, as daughter, and Gaye Poole as her mother. Yet, despite the subject material, the play is alive with good humour…”   Daily Info Oxford


★★★★ “This is a compelling play – excellently acted”   The Oxford Times


“Connie gives us permission to laugh and cry about our own situation, the roles lost and responsibilities gained when living with dementia, and notice that we are not alone. More of this would lead to a different view on what it is to grow old and care for those who need our help.”   Dr Marion Lynch, Dementia expert and Deputy Medical Director for NHS England South


“An awful lot of people who are interested or touched by these issues don’t feel safe in a theatre, but they do feel comfortable in their local library.”   Sue Williamson, libraries director at Arts Council England

Run by Gaye Poole and Amy Enticknap, Human Story Theatre focuses on plays with a health and social care issue at heart. Our aim is to be accessible to all: we ‘pop up’ in any designated space with minimal set, giving a shared light shared space experience. We also operate a ‘pay what you can’ policy where possible.

We are passionate that theatre is for all and believe by highlighting health and social care issues within our productions, that it is an exciting way to engage, entertain and educate. Human Story Theatre partners with local communities and groups relevant to the issue being explored in each play. Professionals/members of these groups then come to lead post-show Q&As with the aim of signposting the audience to their local services.