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A pioneering new play, written by Ness resident Ron Coleman, who lives with early-onset dementia, is in rehearsal at An Lanntair.

Entitled ‘Caught in this Moment of Time’, the play explores research into Artificial Intelligence undertaken by Ron himself, and is funded by DEEP – the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project – and An Lanntair’s Cianalas Project.

It also delves into family relationships, personal emotions and imagines the future of Artificial Intelligence.

Gritty at times, exploring the injustice and pain of facing the future with dementia, Ron’s play is ultimately hopeful, and features poetry, live dance, folk singing and a local waulking song.  "By exploring what it is to be a machine, we discover what it is to be human…"

Paul Thomas from DEEP, said: “The play is a great example of how people who live with a dementia can take control of debate around issues and the value of lived experience.”

Paula Brown from An Lanntair’s Cianalas Project said: “It has been a joy to develop this pioneering production and it is exciting for An Lanntair to support creative and innovative ways to present new research evidence to the public.

“An Lanntair’s Cianalas project is rooted in research and entirely committed to supporting local people to contribute to and remain connected within their communities and nationally.”

The DEEP Working Together Grant supported research by people living with dementia into Alexa supporting their own independent living has been featured in the Journal of Dementia Care. This research grant was requested by people living with dementia attending DEEP gatherings after being raised together as a priority.

‘Caught in this Moment of Time’ will be premiered on September 10th at An Lanntair and is FREE to attend.  This forms part of the DEEP Gathering, taking place at An Lanntair on September 10th and 11th. 

An Lanntair’s Cianalas Project is funded by Life Changes Trust, The National Lottery Community Fund and DEEP.