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The Keys Are In the Margarine - Verbatim Play About Dementia


Thu 17 Sep 2015, 7:30pm–8:50pm
Fri 18 Sep 2015, 7:30pm–8:50pm
Sat 19 Sep 2015, 7:30pm–8:50pm

Where: Repertory House, 167 Esk Street, Invercargill, Southland

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission - Adult: $35.00
  • General Admission - Senior Citizen/Tertiary Student (with ID): $25.00
  • General Admission - Group 10+ (per person): $25.00
  • School-aged Child: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Civic Theatre

'I'm slowly disappearing ...'

Imagine a world where familiar objects lose their meaning.

The verbatim play, The Keys are in the Margarine, is an almost alarmingly truthful piece of theatre, in which from filmed interviews, six actors using MP3 players represent faithfully every word, intonation and gesture of people whose lives are affected by dementia.

The Keys are in the Margarine was created to give voice to those living with dementia; and to promote awareness and understanding of the illness and its ongoing, complex issues.

Through their stories, those living with the illness, their caregivers, family members, doctors and support workers, convey the all-encompassing effect dementia has on every one of them.

Touching, entertaining, and enlightening, this mesmerising production compels us to empathise with those going through an experience many of us will face.
Sure, this is worthy theatre fulfilling a social agenda, but it is as entertaining as it is enlightening, offering a chance to empathise with those going through an experience many of us will face, or to find comfort in shared experience, shared laughter even. How could it not be funny when my friend's mother was convinced her tomatoes were chickens? - Theatreview

The Keys are in the Margarine is a Talking House Production. The play premiered in the Fortune Theatre Studio in Dunedin last year, with a sold-out eleven night season. It is part of the Talking House National Verbatim Tour alongside Be|Longing: a verbatim play about the experience of migrants.

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