Father’s diagnosis led to new Sinatra play

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A NEW play at the Stephen Joseph Theatre has been informed by time spent with people being helped at an Alzheimer’s Society centre.

Geordie Sinatra has been written by north east playwright and television writer Fiona Evans and is a dark comedy about an ex-club singer now living with dementia – and the issues he and his daughter face in dealing with the condition.

Fiona said: “I love Scarborough – I used to go on day trips to the town when I was kid – and the Stephen Joseph is a brilliant theatre.”

She added that her dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia three years ago and it had set her on the path of attending a centre supporting people with the disease and learning about Dementia with Lewy bodies – a form that may result in hallucinations.

She said: “There is comedy, lots of laughter and the odd tear. It is uplifting and it did help me to write about it after my dad’s diagnosis.”

Gill Allatt, the Alzheimer’s Society locality manager, said: ‘We are investing heavily in developing services and expanding the staff team to support people with dementia and carers in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.

She added it was good the play highlighted the issues.