THE CARER IS REACHING OUT TO YOU – 27 OCT 2019
Funny. Tender. Illuminating.
The Carer by Alan Hopgood is a funny, tender play about a man coming to terms with himself, and life without his partner.
George Parker’s wife, Josie, has just died with Alzheimer’s Disease.
She was diagnosed at 55 and George retired from his management job to care for her.
Josie died a little over five years later. The play opens with George bringing her ashes home and he is trying to adjust to a new way of life without her.
But how will he cope? Who cares for the carer after the caring stops?
A lot of carers struggle with isolation and loneliness both during the caring period and after their loved one has passed.
The Carer gives an illuminating insight into some of the things that sustain us in those difficult times, such as a sense of humour.
This one-man show creates a host of colourful characters, either off-stage or at the end of the phone. His daughter, Sophie; his zealous Christian sister-in-law, Pamela; Agnes the egg lady; old Fred next door to name a few … and of course, the spirit of Josie is ever present on the stage.
Directed by Megan Riedl and starring Jeffrey Bryant Jones as George, this heart-felt Australian comedy/drama will be presented by Hobo Playhouse Theatre Company in Central Victoria from October-December.
The tour opens at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine on Sunday, October 27 at 2pm and then tour Central Victoria.
Interestingly, this performance will be presented on the eve of the first rehearsed reading of The Carer by the late Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell in Melbourne exactly 20 years ago.
Tickets for the Castlemaine show are $25 adults, $20 concession or $18 for groups of 10 or more.