Alzheimer’s goes on stage with “six billion suns”

by Annalisa Lista - 2014.05.23
Alzheimer’s goes on stage with “six billion suns”
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Six billion suns (Šest miliard Sluncí). One of the greatest black holes is as large as billion suns. The name of a very successful play whose protagonist is Alzheimer’s, that as a black stain spreads day after day deactivating some areas of our brain. A play that puts on the stage the tragedy of this disease, describing not only the suffering of people who are affected – who live in an absurd and sometimes “comical” world – but also that of friends and family, continuously subjected to hard and daily ordeals, struggling to enter this universe, to feel their way in a dark galaxy. A project that comes from a Czech theatre company, cofounded by the Ministry of Culture, the International Fund Visgrad, the cities of Prague and Brno, the national association of Alzheimer’s sufferers. The play, for which the company and its director have engaged very intensely by reading manuals, watching documentaries and movies and also experiencing some days in a nursing home, will be presented in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

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