OLD FOOLS  

by TRISTAN BERNAYS

OLD FOOLS is the story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order.  Tristan Bernays’ first play in London since the storming success of BOUDICA at The Globe, this production is a surprising and touching tale emerging from delicate and fleeting memories of the past.

At the heart of the play is a love story, but what sets this production apart is that we view the relationship through the lens of Alzheimer’s.  The innovative construction of the script enables the audience to experience what it means to try to hold onto treasured memories, and one’s own identity, when fighting this brutal degenerative illness.

Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. We hope through this play to raise awareness of the impact dementia, and Alzheimer’s specifically, can have on the sufferer, and the people around them.

4 OFF WEST END AWARD NOMINATIONS
BEST NEW PLAY Tristan Bernays
BEST LEADING MAN Mark Arends
BEST LEADING WOMAN Frances Grey
BEST DIRECTOR Sharon Burrell

PRESS & REVIEWS

★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ Jonathan Baz
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“Frances Grey and Mark Arends are spectacularly genuine as Vivian and Tom… Worthy of a place in your memory” The Independent

“handled with fleet-footed direction by Sharon Burrell, and grounded in two magnificent performances from Arends and Grey… Deft, restraining and moving theatre.” Time Out

“Heart-wrenching… over the course of 70  minutes it makes you fall in love – then breaks your heart” – The Upcoming