PREVIEW: Cockamamy, The Hope Theatre

Following runs at the Camden Fringe and Edinburgh Festival 2017, Louise Coulthard’s play about Alzheimers will play at the Hope Theatre from the 12th June. 

(c) Alex Brenner

Cockamamy. Adj. Ludicrous. Nonsensical.

‘Where am I going? Where have I gone?’

Alice and her granddaughter Rosie are a team. They live together, eat together, watch Countdown together.

Until things start to become ludicrous. Nonsensical.

Based on Louise Coulthard’s own experiences of looking after her grandmother while she was suffering with dementia, Cockmamy explores dementia and the effect it has on the immediate family.

The play focuses on the experiences of two women – both powerless against the disease, by using comedy that occurs from the tragedy to bring vividly to life the struggles that many families have when confronted by dementia.

Directed by Rebecca Loudon, the production is set to star Louise Coulthard (The Importance of Being Earnest, UK Tour; Doctors, BBC; House and Garden, The Watermill Theatre) and Mary Rutherford (Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC; Metamorphosis, London & National Theatre).

Talking about the production Rebecca Loudon said: “having lived with my Grandma while she had vascular dementia, Cockamamy resonates with me on multiple levels. The play tackles head on the silent feelings of guilt and failure often experienced by people living with the disease, while also celebrating the unique connection between a woman and her granddaughter. I believe Louise’s story acts as a valuable social tool by shining a light on one of the biggest causes of death to the elderly in the UK, while also demystifying the older generation to the young in a time where we are outweighed by an ageing population.”

Produced by Shaelee Rooke, the production is set to feature designs by Elle Loudon.

Cockamamy will play at The Hope Theatre from the 12th to the 30th June. For more information visit:

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