A small town family story about dementia and the healng power of music - performed with a mass community choir! - is the new offering from the team behind the play and movie Daffodils.
Alison cares for both her daughter Billie and mother Tup who has advanced frontotemporal dementia. Billie comes across a YouTube video that leads the family to search for a mass choir.
Playwright Ro Bright and director Kitan Petkovski have worked with New York based composer Pat Irwin on the original songs. They will be performed by a choir made up of Voices Aotearoa NZ and locally-sourced community singers at the premiere at the upcoming Festival of Colour in Wanaka.
Ro explains to Lynn Freeman that the idea for The Hall has been kicking around for a few years:
The Hall premieres at the Wanaka Festival of Colour on the 15th of April.