Article in Cork Independent by Caitriona Marron
E.gress’ puts a visual to a story that remains untold
“A film inspired by Alzheimer’s will be aired at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Bessboro Day Care Centre, in Blackrock.
Brought together by Cork-based artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan, the film ‘E.gress’ follows 18 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and their loved ones in three settings; Blackrock, Cloyne and Midleton.
‘E.gress’ is supported by an Arts Council Touring Award and is in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, showcasing the heart-felt changes and loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a group of symptoms called dementia which affects memory and reasoning.
Marie Brett said they attempted to portray the world behind the eyes of an Alzheimer’s sufferer. “I was intrigued by the idea of people being physically present and cognitively absent and wondered, what does this mean, to occupy such a place in the world, for both them and us?
“‘E.gress’ puts a visual to a story that remains untold. It allows people with dementia to communicate in a way they rarely have a chance to. Viewers’ response so far has been massively positive and I hope many more people will come and experience the artwork while it’s on tour,” she says.
‘E.gress’ will be shown at an all-day screening event in Blackrock, today (Thursday) from 9.30am-6.30pm. A discussion and live music event will follow at 6.30pm in the ASI Boardroom. Kevin O’Shanahan will perform with members of the Happiness Ensemble.
Guest speakers on the night are Ann Davoren, Director of West Cork Arts Centre, and Jo Calnan, Nurse Manager, Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Midleton Day Care Centre. This is a free event and all are welcome.
For further tour information, visit mariebrett-egress-tour.com.”
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