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