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Dementia Street by Smug Roberts

Location: North West Theatre Arts Company, 270a Lightbowne Road, Manchester, M40 5HQ

Date: Thursday 16 May, Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May

Time: 7:30 – 8:30

Duration: 1 hr

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Dementia Street

When his mum’s battle with dementia ended Smug wanted to contribute something to the fight against it, so he wrote a play about the seven stages of her cognitive decline. It’s called Dementia Street. He tells her story in reverse, starting at stage seven and ending at stage one. As someone who has personally experienced the impact of dementia, Smug understands the challenges families face in caring for their loved ones. But he also knows that even in the face of this condition, there are moments of love, humour, and happiness that can be celebrated, reminding us that even in the face of adversity, love and hope can prevail.

Artist Bio:

Born in Harpurhey, Smug Roberts is a stand-up comedian, actor, and local legend. Heard on BBC Radio 4 series ‘The In-Crowd’ in the early 00’s, Smug has been performing since 1995, having headlined alongside the likes of Paul Merton at Manchester’s Comedy Store, and appeared almost all of Peter Kay’s television productions, as well as having roles in Coronation Street, Mrs. Brown’s Boys and Looking for Eric.  

Now Smug brings Dementia Street to SICK! Festival 2024, a unique and thought-provoking play tells the story of his mother’s journeying through the seven stages of dementia, in reverse. It serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of supporting and caring for those living with dementia. 

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