Play back by popular demand

A scene from The Quiet Riot
A scene from The Quiet Riot

AN acclaimed play focusing on a family living with dementia is returning to North Lanarkshire following popular demand.

Playwright Maggie Aitken was commissioned by the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme to pen The Quiet Riot.

Hailed for its hard-hitting realism during it’s maiden run, the meticulously-researched production, will be performed on Wednesday, January 15, at Motherwell Concert Hall.

The idea is to use the play to set the scene for discussion and the chance to exchange information and experiences.

Maggie said: “The play focuses on dementia, the difficulties and the practical changes in life - all based on the real testimony of those who’ve been there or who are going through it right now.”

Kim McDougall, senior officer at North Lanarkshire Council’s older adult services, added: “The play is aimed at front line social work and health staff and others who have direct contact with people living with dementia.

“It’s a whole new approach to learning with a drama becoming the focal point of workshop discussions.

“Those attending the first performances were completely absorbed by the production and we’re confident the next show will be equally compelling.”

RCOP combines the expertise of North and South Lanarkshire Councils, NHS Lanarkshire, the independent and the third sector.

It aims to help growing numbers of older people to continue to live full, positive and independent lives in the community.

Sandra Mackay, North Lanarkshire RCOP programme manager said: “We are committed to the development of staff and stakeholders through introducing innovative programmes like this.”

Two sessions of the free event will be held at the concert hall from 10.15am-12.30pm and 1.15pm-3.30pm.

To avoid disappointment book your place by contacting Issy Russell on 01698 332595 or Kim McDougall on 332209.