A new show from Riding Lights Theatre Company is out on tour, and the story of a farming family facing the trials and tribulations of of growing older and caring for their eldest relative with dementia is proving to be a compelling one. Simeon’s Watch comes to St Luke’s Church in Newcastle on Sunday 4th December.
With the piece developed from two years’ worth of workshops and research with dementia patients and carers, it’s well informed and tackles a tough subject in an intelligent and considered manner. As moving as it is comedic, the three generations that form the family deal with joy and struggle as they show just what life can really be like. With her father’s dementia slowly gripping, and her daughter’s future racing ahead, the character of Leah provides an anchor for an audience to hang on to, and it’s no wonder this tour has been so well received. With the Newcastle date almost upon us, this could prove essential viewing.