Tip Top Productions continues it’s 2014/15 season at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester from October 14-18, with the premiere of Bothered and Bewildered, a new play by Gail Young, a local playwright and a Tip Top member.

Gail’s latest full length comedy drama about Alzheimer’s is a story of life, love, loss - and the world famous romantic novelist Barbara Cartland.

During the course of her research for the play Gail corresponded with Barbara’s son Ian McCorquodale to ensure that her portrayal of his late mother was an accurate and sympathetic one, and was thrilled to receive the following message from him after he read extracts from the play featuring his mum.

He said: “Thank you so much for your email and 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 bring that out. Good luck with your show. I am sure it will be a great success, and make sure that whoever plays my mum is dressed in pink!”

Ian has been assured that local actress Tiz Corcoran, playing Barbara, will be a glittering vision in pink each night.

The play focuses on Irene and her family’s struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer’s.

Gail Young, who is also the play’s director, follows up her internationally acclaimed hit play Cheshire Cats with this poignant look at what some experts describe as the long goodbye.

Proceeds from this play will be used to support the wellbeing of patients with dementia at both the Countess of Chester Hospital and Ellesmere Port Hospital.

The hospital’s charity exists to provide enhanced facilities and additional pieces of equipment that are over and above core NHS provision, to ensure every patient’s stay in hospital is as comfortable as possible.

Tickets can be booked on www.chestertheatre.co.uk or by calling 01244 341296.

Chester playwright breaks hip but the shows must go on