Bothered and Bewildered
by Gail Young
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 5f
This is a comedy drama about one woman's struggle with Alzheimer's. The play follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as the girls lose their mum in spirit but not in body.
As her family struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer's, Irene's past passion for romantic literature blurs with reality. She spends hours discussing how best to write her 'memory book' with her imaginary friend and favourite author Barbara Cartland (the deceased world famous romantic novelist), disclosing long kept family secrets that she would never divulge to her daughters.
This tragi-comedy is about memory, loss, secrets and, above all, love.
For an insight on the play's development and premiere see the open facebook page for 'Bothered and Bewildered' at https://www.facebook.com/GailYoungBotheredandBewildered and www.gailyoungplaywright.com
Ian MCorquodale, Barbara Cartland's son
"Dear Gail, I am assured that you will be depicting my mother in a sympathetic way from reading through your script. She was renowned for her sense of humour and you really bring that out..... Good luck with the play, I am sure it will be a great success, and make sure that whoever plays my Mum is dressed in pink!"
Christine Hunter Hughes. NODA NW Regional Councillor October 2014
"... I must confess on reading the synopsis of the play I was uncertain how many laughs would be possible out of such an emotionally draining subject. I was dead wrong !! In my humble opinion the play was excellent, and I and the capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed it.The play was so very touching, sad, and funny and held my attention throughout with very well drawn characters, and the writing was so good that I felt for the daughters every step of the way and cared very much what happened to them all. I loved the introduction of Barbara Cartland as an imaginary friend..."
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 90 minutes
The premiere for 'Bothered and Bewildered' featured a suggestive and minimalistic set, with atmospheric sound and lighting that facilitated pace and speed as the cast moved between the following settings
The cast move between an NHS Consulting room, Irene's living room, a street scene, and a WW2 dance hall.
The cast move between Louise's living room, the front door of Irene's house in the mid 1960's , and an NHS Consulting room
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
- Parts for Senior Actors
The play is set in 2001.
Irene has a playing age of early seventies
Young Irene has a playing age of 16
Shelley has a playing age of 19
'Young Irene' and 'Shelley' must be played by the same young actress
Beth and Louise have playing ages of between 45 - 55
Jim has a playing age of 20
James has a playing age of early twenties
'Jim' and 'James' must be played by the same young actor
The role of the NHS Consultant can be played as either a man or a woman, but preferably by a man. Playing age 30 - 40
The community bobby must be played by a man. Playing age 30 - 40
Barbara Cartland has a playing age of 50 - 60
'Bothered and Bewildered' was first performed in October 2014 at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester by Tip Top Productions. The show was directed by Gail Young, and the sell out premiere was staged as a fund raising production to help raise monies to support the wellbeing of patients with dementia at both the Countess of Chester and Ellesmere Port Hospitals