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ADVENTURES IN DEMENTIA - STEVE DAY

Comedy

Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Mata Hari
AUG 2-12, 14-19, 21-26 at 13:45 (60 min)
 
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Steve Day's dad has Alzheimers. There's nothing he can do about it except remember the way he was. Steve has also been deaf since his teens but has new hearing aids so now he's going through all the music he's missed since then. It reminds him of his dad. Laugh, cry, sing along if you want. If you like bittersweet comedy about deafness and dementia then this is the show for you. Previous Shows were rated ***** by Chortle **** The Scotsman


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August 25, 2018  One4Review
Some shows move you, some shows make you laugh, rare shows manage both – and occasionally, as with this, both in the same sentences.

Steve Day, best known as Britain’s only deaf comedian, does have to start off explaining his deafness. This is partly because recent massive improvements in hearing aids, and the ability (lost for years) to hear music, is what fed his nostalgia for the father of his youth, complaining about Top Of The Pops, or struggling to know how to make small-talk with Day’s then girlfriend.

What Day has done is let this emotion fuel his comedy; a tough challenge, especially when faced with losing his parent to this horrible condition.

Day’s childhood anecdotes are fun and silly, reminding the mixed age audience of just how much the past – the 70s of his childhood, and the 40s of his father’s youth – really is a foreign country. It is, however, where his father once again resides.

I assume most of the audience had some understanding of dementia, but it might have been useful to have a few more illustrations of just how it is affecting dad, in the here and now. I am confident Day could have done so with the gentle, loving, respectful humour that pervades his material. Click Here

August 22, 2018  Chortle
3.5*

‘I’m not attempting to mock dementia,’ says Steve Day – even though he does manage to get a couple of sly familial jokes in at the expense of his father’s cruel illness. Yet they come from such an obvious place of love, they cannot possibly taken the wrong way.

Adventures In Dementia is Day’s hour-long tribute to his 82-year-old dad, Roy, whom he has seen slip away over the past ten years. Even though he is still alive, the comic sometimes refers to him in the past tense, so far has the man he knew faded.

While this is heartbreaking, Day focuses almost entirely on painting a portrait of what manner of man his dad was. Primarily he was a grafter who had to work for everything. After National Service he became one of the country’s most accomplished bricklayers, and built a house with his own hands for his young family to live in.

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