Dementia Diaries

Award Number
Status / Stage
6 July 2010 -
5 July 2011
Duration (calculated)
00 years 11 months
Wellcome Trust
Funding Amount
Contracted Centre
Lewes Live Literature
Contracted Centre Webpage
Principal Investigator
Mr Mark Hewitt
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Models across the continuum of care
Disease Type
Dementia (Unspecified)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID317
ResearcherReside Team


Award Number092210/Z/10/Z
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20100706
End Date20110705
Duration (calculated) 00 years 11 months
Contracted CentreLewes Live Literature
Contracted Centre Webpage
Funding Amount£25,000.00


Dementia Diaries – written by poet Maria Jastrzebska – is a new literary drama exploring the effects of dementia on an Anglo-Polish family. Produced by Lewes Live Literature (LLL), the work will undergo a research and development phase at Nuffield Theatre, based at University of Southampton, where the creative team (writer, director, actors, musicians) will explore the content of the production with input from scientists at the university’s Clinical Neuroscience division as well as researchers from Southampton’s Memory Assessment and Research Centre (MARC), a key partner in the project. MARC will collaborate on drafting a high quality printed programme for the show, outlining the latest research into dementia and range of treatments available plus listings of agencies and support groups. The activity will also build upon The Nuffield’s work with Polish communities in Southampton. A national tour targeting Polish eateries and performances for heathcare professionals, medical students and carers will follow.


Told through the interweaving monologues of an Anglo-Polish family and their Polish carer, Dementia Diaries explores the troubled relationships within a family struggling to cope with dementia. Developed with input from clinicians and nurses based at the Memory Assessment and Research Centre (MARC) in Southampton, this sequence of prose poetry monologues for five voices and live music combines tenderness and despair with moments of surreal humour and occasional strong language.