The Quiet Riot set for film

Representatives from the agencies inolved with cast and writer Maggie (back, second from right).
Representatives from the agencies inolved with cast and writer Maggie (back, second from right).

A powerful play depicting the realities of a family caring for a loved one living with dementia is to be made into a short film.

The acclaimed production of The Quiet Riot was penned by playwright Maggie Aitken after extensive research, which included visiting dozens of people living with the condition throughout Scotland.

The original aim was to create a greater understanding and empathy of the human impact of dementia within health and social care staff in North Lanarkshire.

Now, after a successful run of performances last year, the play’s messages will hit the silver screen.

The project is part of the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme which aims to help growing numbers of older people to continue to live full, positive and independent lives in the community.

The RCOP partnership includes North and South Lanarkshire Councils, NHS Lanarkshire, the independent and the third sector.

Filming is set to commence this summer with the production expected to be finished by autumn.

Karen Hunter, North Lanarkshire RCOP Programme manager, said: “Our partnership has introduced a raft of schemes and programmes to make independent and positive living a reality throughout communities in the region.

“As part of that ongoing effort we are committed to staff training and making sure people living with dementia and their carers know that they are not alone and that help and support is available.

“The play being made into a film will help us consolidate the good work that’s already underway to achieve these aims.”

Kim McDougall of North Lanarkshire Council, one of the play’s commissioning partners, added: “The realism factor in the original production was immense and we’re so proud and excited we can broaden out the play’s reach through film.”

Hamilton-based Playwright Maggie Aitken is delighted the production has evolved.

She said: “It’s important to me that art makes a difference. The only way of doing that is by making sure you know your subject matter inside out.

“There will be minor adjustments to the script to make it suitable for film but the aim is to take that empathy and reassurance to the largest audience we can.”