Paradise Lodge

Theatre (musical theatre, comedy)

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Description

A hilarious, heart-wrenching musical comedy. Two actors play multiple roles that have the audience laughing, crying and singing their hearts out. Inspired by the author's experience caring for his mother-in-law when she was living with dementia. The tears, the laughs (there were some laughs) and the music. An exploration of identity, reality and loss... with a bit of Beyoncé thrown in. 'Astonishingly well observed' **** (Scotsman). 'There's a warmth and compassion at the heart of the script' **** (List). 'A delightful and poignant production' **** (LondonTheatre1.com). 'The changes are slick and they shine in comic roles' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

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  • Accessible entry: If not taking the lift there is 28 steps into the performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
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peter bishop 49 days ago

Takes you on a trip down memory lane, visiting some music hall classics played wonderfully on a ukulele...how simple is that?
The play touches on lost memories of aged people in care home mainly with sufferers of dementia. It's well put together, with good text and slick scene changes. One scene involved a mix up of telephones, exactly how it is with my father in law who has dementia.
I agree with other comments here, there should have been more in the audience to thoroughly enjoy the subtle message and excellent stage craft of 2 talented actors.

Donnie Zuo 54 days ago

A thoroughly enjoyable and touching experience that, instead of painting dementia in a morbid and sentimental picture, managed to restore flesh and blood to patients and their carers. The charming combination of quiet storytelling, low-key humor, genuine affections and some beautiful old songs ready for sing-along, it was a nice change of pace from most of the other Fringe shows that were either full of energy or satire (not that it's bad). I loved every minute of it, with smiles and some tears in the end. It was the only show I was late for (minutes) in my five days' Fringe binge (the half price hut queue at noon was long!), and I absolutely hated myself for that.

Paul 54 days ago

Can’t recommend this highly enough. They deserve a full house every day. Well written and excellently performed. The play is both funny and thought provoking. Two talented actors who combine their humour and song to entertain whilst at the same time making you think.

Anna 54 days ago

Over five days and a lot of shows this was one of the best things we saw. Funny in parts but also left me tearful. Beautifully written and acted. Cannot recommend it enough.

Nigel Johnson 55 days ago

What a fantastic show - there is real chemistry between this duo. I love the Uke accompanied songs, the one liners and the pops at the audience. I had a great laugh at this poignant show.

Kindall Goble 57 days ago

Oh, just go and see a Paradise Lodge. It’s thoroughly entertaining performed by superbly experienced pros.
It’s actually and really funny, ya get to sing (or not, your choice) and it brings you into the world of dementia care. Don’t get scared! It takes you there with both verve and gentleness; not an oxymoron in this very special case.
Both performers should have had their own tv series by now. Talk about well seasoned pros! This show is above all, delicious!!

AdrianDeane Brannen-Jurgenson 58 days ago

Well that was unexpectedly heartwarming. I’ve tried a couple of times and probably failed to describe what I believe is the true secret to the success of this piece of paradise theater. But here goes a third attempt: It’s in the performers. Of course they come with a personal connection to subject matter of growing old (experiencing it yourself and in someone you love), dementia, helplessness, and the charms of a fine and well-aged life, rightfully entitled, unbearably endearing, very funny, and endlessly human. And every audience member has an inevitable connection of some kind to this, as do they to the beautiful nostalgic tunes the two actors perform, perhaps in character, perhaps not, with the perfect accompaniment of a well-loved ukulele and maybe a few maracas for story punctuation. But again, the magic is in the performers; there is some moment, right before they turn to the audience each time they begin one of their singalongs, in which I could feel years of owned experience open up to us and invite us to sing or hum or simply smile along with the felt music. There is just nothing quite like a creative piece whose story covers an entire human life, plus a world war or two, plus the music of past purpose perhaps lost to daily doldrums and even future fears, plus a relentless cheeriness or outright hilarity in every one of the scenes. I highly recommend Paradise Lodge. It will be worth it.

Alan Coyne (@DoyleELF) 58 days ago

Vi, Ronnie, Eric, and Kylie welcome you into their world like old friends & family. You know these people, or maybe you knew them once... Seamlessly transitioning from character to character, they create an atmosphere that is both comfortable and deeply tragic, comic and darkly philosophical, cheery and stark. I didn't grow up in the UK, but they nonetheless made me full of nostalgia for the world their characters have lost, but are still fighting for; WWII and its aftermath, the relatives we have that are aging out of our ability to care for them, but who still need our utmost care.

Steve Cooper's voice and on-stage patter are perfect throwbacks to a golden age of ukelele-based crooners, and Sophie Osborne's characters are colourful and endearing. An hour spent in their company is an hour well-spent, and they're raising money for an Alzheimer's charity to boot. Do not miss your chance to reside at Paradise Lodge!

J W 60 days ago

This is a delightful show, tears and laughter mixed with heartache and joy. The actors successfully play multiple parts. Do go and see this performance, it's a real treat.

Paul Harwood 64 days ago

Laughed and cried. Marvelled at the brilliant transformation of the actors. Touching, funny, with great wartime songs. Wonderful.

John Clayton 66 days ago

Touching and affectionate. Very emotional if you recognise in your life any of the events depicted. It's not dark but it's honest and a tribute to those who care and values those they care for. The ukelele and songs are a perfect fit. Great show.

Dormactay 66 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this show which is very cleverly performed by only two actors playing many roles....well worth a visit ....some of everything, drama, comedy and loved the WW2 songs

Andrew Pennington 69 days ago

Well written. Well acted. Funny. Moving. Has something to say. A good way to spend an hour at the Fringe.

David and Helen and Sarah Hellewell 70 days ago

Totally and utterly wonderful. A show that will make you smile and cry and laugh and sing. An inspiring and inspired show. The show is a mix of war time songs and back story of dealing with and living with dementia and the 2 performers play all the roles. They brilliantly interchange their characters seamlessly and tell a story that rings true to everyone who has cared for or loved someone with dementia or even just a grumpy grandad/dad. It is a small venue and an intimate show and just perfect and I thoroughly recommend seeing it as their talents and story and theme deserves a big audience


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LondonTheatre1 (4/5 stars) 54 days ago

This show knows what ‘distasteful’ is, and steers well away from it in its portrayal of both the patients and the frazzled carers who are under pressure to get around to everyone on their lists. [...] A delightful and poignant production.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 56 days ago

The framing of Paradise Lodge is odd at first. It begins with two struggling artists Eric (Steve Cooper) and Kylie (Sophie Osborne) performing for a crowd of pensioners a care home (Paradise Lodge). The actors go on to take the roles of the residents of the lodge and their friends...

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Musical Theatre Review (3/5 stars) 59 days ago

At the heart of any piece of theatre is the need for connection – and this beautifully observed show from Doodlebugs Productions shines a warm, cosy beacon of light across an often isolated and ‘invisible’ generation.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 61 days ago

Eric (Steve Cooper) and Kylie (Sophie Osborne) are double-act The Doodlebugs, cranking out 1940s hits for the care home circuit. ...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 62 days ago

Paradise Lodge is a bittersweet musical. Eric and Kylie are performing for the audience, the residents of a care home. The audience is flat and unresponsive, there isn’t a lot of cheer, and Kylie would much rather be elsewhere. But they power through. They sing songs of the wartime era,...

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The List (4/5 stars) 67 days ago

Musical tales from the group home...

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