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PARADISE LODGE is a play with music for two actors.

Running time one hour and twenty minutes, with a short interval.

By turns hilarious, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching, PARADISE LODGE explores the nature of identity, reality, love, loss and aching loneliness.

The play begins just after lunch, in the dementia wing of PARADISE LODGE care home. VI, RONNIE and the other residents have been gathered into the big lounge for a bit of entertainment. But VI wants to pack up and join her husband on holiday and RONNIE wants to search for his kidnapped family. Trouble is, VI’s husband is dead and RONNIE’S family just don’t visit.

The entertainment is led by ERIC and KYLIE, a Nineteen-Forties duo going by the name - ‘The Doodlebugs’.

ERIC has had a lot of duos but can’t seem to make anyone stick. What’s his problem? This is KYLIE’s first gig. She’s young, ballsy and ambitious but she struggles to handle the audience, who often display ‘challenging behaviour’ and stink of piss. This wasn’t what she signed up for.

Through touching and comic songs from the war years, VI, RONNIE and the audience are transported back to a time when they had all their lives before them. When they thought they could live and love for ever.

As their flashbacks become more up to date, memories chart the inevitable decline brought on by dementia. That cruel condition has robbed VI and RONNIE of their present. They don’t know where they are, but they can remember vividly what happened in the dim and distant past. And they still know every word to the old songs.

So clear your throat, put your teeth in, check your incontinence pants are on nice and tight, sit back and enjoy – PARADISE LODGE.

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