Following this week’s opening of Arabian Nights, her adaptation of ancient Arabic folk tales One Thousand and One Nights for Iris Theatre, award-winning playwright Nessah Muthy premieres her new, contemporary play Sundowning, exploring the true cost of social care in the UK, with Kali Theatre. Time to get booking!
Kali Theatre presents Nessah Muthy‘s frank and intensely moving new play Sundowning this autumn. The premiere production, helmed by Kali artistic director Helena Bell, runs in London at Tristan Bates Theatre from 16 October to 3 November 2018, with a press night on 18 October. It also tours to Theatre Royal Plymouth (10-13 October) and The Curve, Slough (9-10 November).
Love, loneliness and guilt ricochet between three generations of women as Sundowning brings home the brutal realities and responsibilities of caring for those living with dementia, and the impact on everyone involved.
When Alyssa returns from prison, she is devastated to find her aunt has put her beloved grandmother Betty in a care home. Determined to give her one last jolly, jingle filled holiday and recapture childhood memories, Alyssa kidnaps Betty and the pair embark on a campervan road trip to the seaside. But soon Betty’s dementia and Alyssa’s troubled past catch up with them.
Sundowning stars Aasiya Shah (as Alyssa), Hazel Maycock (Betty) and Nadia Nadif (Teresa). The production is designed by Rajha Shakira, with lighting design by Pablo Fernandez Baz, sound design by Dinah Mullen, video design by Daniel Denton and choreography by Yarit Dor.
Nessah Muthy is a Writer’s Guild Award-nominated writer, winner of the Adrian Pagan Award 2018, and the inaugural recipient of the Verity Bargate Character 7 Award. She has worked with a number of theatres including Royal Court Theatre, HighTide, National Youth Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Kali Theatre, Punchdrunk and Theatre Centre, and is under commission to Iris Theatre and National Youth Theatre. For screen, Nessah has written for Holby City and EastEnders: E20 and is currently developing a number of new ideas for television.
Commenting on Sundowning, Muthy said:
“This play has been with me for a long time. It is inspired, in a small way, by my relationship with my own grandparents, who played a huge part in my upbringing. But the experiences of my characters affect so many, crossing class, wealth and ethnicity. My own experience of dementia has reared unimaginable pain, fear and anger, but also colossal, everlasting love. Ultimately, love is what is left and in that there is hope. I have immensely enjoyed developing the play with Helena – including delivering workshops and spending time with people who have dementia – and am thrilled to see it come to the stage.”
Director Helena Bell added: “I have been a fan of Nessah’s writing since we first started developing work together almost a decade ago. She has a gift for conveying and scrutinising human feeling in the most understated and lyrical way. I am delighted to be bringing Sundowning to the stage. A portrait of how family love and guilt can bind us, it feels so personal yet so universal whilst – with an ageing population and diminishing resources – fuelling a timely and important conversation.”
Sundowning is directed by Kali Theatre’s Artistic Director Helena Bell with design by Rajha Shakiry, whose recent credits include Nine Night at the National, Misty at the Bush, and The Mountaintop at the Young Vic. Lighting design is by Pablo Fernandez Baz and sound design by Dinah Mullen with video design by Daniel Denton and choreography by Yarit Dor.
Arabian Nights continues until 13 October 2018 at Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton St, London N1 6SH. Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £13-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Sundowning runs from 16 October to 3 November 2018 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP. Performances (90 minutes) are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm and a Monday evening performance on 29 October. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Kali Theatre
Kali Theatre, whose strapline is “intrepid plays by fearless women since 1991”, produces thought-provoking, contemporary new writing by South Asian women which reflects and comments on our lives today. Kali’s award-winning shows have won rave reviews, sold-out performances, and inspired audiences throughout the UK and beyond. Previous productions, many of which have also had London seasons at Tristan Bates Theatre, include: War Plays, Bitched, Ready or Not, My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding, Sweets and Chocolates, The Dishonoured, The Husbands, Speed, My Daughter’s Trial, Mustafa, Tagore’s Women, Gandhi and Coconuts, Behna, Another Paradise, Zameen, A Thin Red Line, Deadeye, Paper Thin, Chaos, Bells, Calcutta Kosher and River on Fire.