Take Off Your Cornflakes
Take Off Your Cornflakes is a portrait of a marriage, and yet, a love story!
Tom and Trish have celebrated their silver wedding anniversary but what happens when he wakes up with a strange woman beside him and she tells him she’s his wife? Trish has to make a choice. Which she does, armed only with humour, music and love. This play is inspired by Rose’s Dad, Jack, who had Alzheimer’s and couldn’t remember he had cancer. “He taught us about staying in the present, because that’s where he lived. We had to learn to never ask a question that didn’t have the answer in the room. His intelligence made life a crossword puzzle to be solved. I believe humour is the only way to survive, if this topic visits you.”
Who am I without my past? Who am I without my partner?
When we go out of our mind, where do we go?
You will laugh, you may cry, but you will find a tender story of the true meaning of love.
A Show in a Bag Production created by Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan. Directed by Liam Halligan.
Duration: 75 mins.
'The two authors play Trish and her taxi-driver husband Tommy, to perfection' - Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent
SHOW OF THE WEEK ****
'The play, written by the two performers, skilfully keeps the loving relationship central to everything' - Michael Moffatt – Irish Mail on Sunday
'This Fishamble production offers an honest and heartfelt portrayal of living with Alzheimer’s' - Kevin Worrall – Meg.ie
'…one of the most sensitive, heartfelt, and uplifting shows of the festival' - The Arts Review – Chris O’Rourke ****
Pat Nolan is outstanding as the fun, life-loving Tommy, delivering a beautifully understated, heart wrenching performance. Henderson as Trish, is wonderfully compelling throughout. Clinging to Tommy in every moment, ready to kill him in the next, Henderson’s Trish is deeply moving as the wife who wants her husband back. Throughout, there's a charm and ease, and an irresistible chemistry between Nolan and Henderson, that is utterly enchanting. Hats off to Pat Nolan and Rose Henderson for crafting a work of such sensitivity and relevance, giving voice and immediacy to the experience of those afflicted by Alzheimer’s. - The Arts Review – Chris O’Rourke ****
Take Off Your Cornflakes” is a heartbreaking joy, full of love, laughter, and the living of every moment. And of jokes so bad you just can’t help laughing.