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At first blush, the elderly woman in Montreal writer-performer Katherine Turnbull’s character portrait is on top of her mental game.

Physically infirm, former biology teacher Doreen takes a visitor on a tour of the garden at the care home where she resides, cheerily reciting Latin names for the flora and fauna and easily recalling their distinctive traits. As Doreen likes to say, she knows what she’s talking about.

Then she repeats the process. Faltering here, dropping a thread there, she loses her way in detours into the recent and distant past that shed light on her lonely predicament.

Doreen’s identity before dementia isn’t fully fledged in this evolving work, but Turnbull’s nuanced portrayal of her fragmented present life is spot on.

— Pat St. Germain

 

From the Fringe program:

"A decline detailed through botany and ornithology." Field & Flight is a one-woman-show about Doreen, a woman struggling to stay relevant through the trials and tribulations of age and mental illness. Chances are you know someone just like Doreen. She is the great aunt entering a second childhood or the grandfather who can't quite remember...

Witness the thoughts of a woman who has seemingly lost her ability to articulate and relate.

Director: Katherine Turnbull

Cast: Katherine Turnbull

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $8

Under 5 not admitted.

Warnings: None

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