The Sugden Society is delighted to present Alan Hopgood AM (Wyvern 1952) in the one-man play he authored, The Carer. The play was made famous by the late Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell’s performance in the title role.

It is a heart-warming story of a man rediscovering joy after the death of his wife.

George Parker’s wife, Josie, has just died with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was diagnosed at 55 and George retired from his management job to care for her. Josie died a little over five years later. The play opens with George bringing her ashes home and he is trying to adjust to a new way of life without her. But how will he cope? Who cares for the carer after the caring stops?

The Carer gives an illuminating insight into some of the things that sustain us in those difficult times, such as a sense of humour.

This one-man show creates a host of colourful characters, either off-stage or at the end of the phone. His daughter, Sophie; his zealous Christian sister-in-law, Pamela; Agnes the egg lady; old Fred next door to name a few … and of course, the spirit of Josie is ever present on the stage.

As the Sunday Telegraph said:

At times during The Carer your heart will crumble, at times it will fill with hope and joy… a life affirming experience.

Unfortunately, in current circumstances we are unable to bring this to you live, but we have made arrangements with Alan to provide you with two options:

  1. Join us via ZOOM on Tuesday 23 June at 3.00pm from the comfort of your own home to enjoy the production with other Sugden Society members, together with a live introduction from Alan, or
  2. Watch the play at a time of your choosing via YouTube, (there will be no introduction from Alan).

There is no charge for participating and Alan has donated access to the play.

RSVP: Please email indicating your preference to participate under option 1 or 2 as above. We will then provide you with the necessary details to access the performance on-line.

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