Silva Lining’s Care Plan…. Three brains, two bodies, one secret plan: an absurd journey into the invisible world of carers. Written and directed by Elspeth Penny
Developed in collaboration with University of Nottingham, based on real care diaries, Silva Lining’s Care Plan shines a light on the experiences of paid carers of individuals with dementia.
What people are saying:
“Silva Lining’s Care Plan is a wonderful and moving exploration of the complex relationship between carer and cared for. Both heart-rending and laugh-out-loud, it takes you on a roller-coaster of an emotional journey through Silva Lining’s story, with many an amusing aside from her Brain.” Alex Coulter, Director, Arts & Health South West. Chair, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
“This play must be watched/shared with carers old and new and care agencies. Good to see a positive care/relationship and the importance of getting it right. Very powerful. I was completely engaged for the whole piece” Claire Angerson, Person Centred Planning, Bristol Community Links North. “Sticking up for carers” Anonymous carer
“Professional carers are hidden from view, yet are at the heart of support to people with disabilities or disabling illness, particularly dementia, helping them to live at home as long as possible. This play portrays the complex relationship between a carer and a woman – a retired doctor – living with dementia. Mutual respect, misunderstandings, anger, beauty, frustration, jokes and, above all, love, drew me into this poignant play with beautiful acting and even a brain puppet.”Gene Feder, Professor of primary health care Centre for Academic Primary CarePopulation Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol
“Everyone involved as Commissioners of care services or as carers should immerse themselves in this play. You will forever see “Caring” in a new light. I was immediately captivated by the scene and the setting – familiar to me as a GP. Difficulty in gaining access to the patient’s house using door codes has been part of my lived experience for many years. The conversation between Silva Lining and her carer, the profound insights and astonishing puppetry engaged me throughout.” Dr Malcolm Rigler FRSPH, Health Ambassador at: www.patients-association.com
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