Stunning one-woman show Lost in Blue opens in Hampshire

Debs Newbold Lost in Blue  Picture: Farrows Creative
Debs Newbold Lost in Blue Picture: Farrows Creative
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A daughter’s struggle to communicate with her father who has been trapped in a coma for a decade is to be told in a moving one-woman show.

Lost in Blue is the latest spoken word show by Shakespeare’s Globe storyteller Debs Newbold.

Moving and funny, it follows the story of 17-year-old Annie who struggles to come to terms with the accident that put her father Paul in a coma 15 years earlier.

She and her mother have just moved to Birmingham, after living in Australia for 15 years, to try and rebuild their lives back in the UK – lives that for many years have been paused, frozen in time on the day of Paul’s tragic accident.

Describing the work, Newbold said: ‘This show started off as a niggling thought about the voice.

‘I’d just lost my nan, who had an extraordinary voice, a cheeky Brum-Irish lilt totally unique to her.

‘I knew I had a recording of her voice on a minidisc, but it was ages before I could bring myself to listen to it.

‘Hearing the recorded voice of a loved one who has died is as near to an encounter with a ghost as I can imagine.

‘It’s as if they inhabit the air in the room with you for a moment, and I began to get ideas about a person who manages to be both absent and present at the same time.

‘That’s where the image of a man in a coma came from.’

The show opens at the West End Centre, Aldershot on Thursday.

Tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions.

Curtains lift at 8pm.

For details or for tickets, call 01252 330040 or see www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre