Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council


Connie’s Colander. A compelling play at Newbury Library on 10 October at 7pm

Oxford-based Human Story Theatre will be performing their compelling play Connie’s Colander at Newbury Library on Wednesday 10 October at 7pm.
The play takes a sensitive and humorous look at the impact of Alzheimer’s on a mother and daughter.

 Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show, Connie’s Colander, bringing her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date.

Sensitively, with humour and great tenderness, this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s. Can their relationship – and the TV show – survive?
After the play there will be an informal Q&A, facilitated by the two actors, along with local dementia specialists who will be able to signpost people to their local services. Building on the story within the play, the audience is also encouraged to share their own experiences, both to ‘offload’ and also to offer support for fellow audience members.


Entry is FREE but booking is essential. Donations are welcome.

To reserve a place, email:
call (01635) 519900 or ask at the library


“This is a compelling play, excellently acted and tautly directed.”

"Beautifully crafted, tightly written, intensely poignant and moving exploration of the effect of dementia on a mother and her daughter…a short dramatic jewel.”


Performance information:
Wednesday 10 October, 7pm at Newbury Library

Running time 50 mins.
Followed by a 20 minute post-show Q&A with dementia specialists.

Watch the trailer.   

About Human Story Theatre

Human Story Theatre focus on new plays with a health and social care issue at heart. They aim  to be accessible to all and ‘pop up’ in any designated space with minimal set, giving a shared light shared space experience.

They also operate a ‘pay what you can’ policy where possible and are passionate believe that theatre is for everyone.  They also believe that highlighting health and social care issues within their productions is an exciting way to engage, entertain and educate.