Laidlaw Live: John Wallace's 'Opsnizing Dad'

Bede Williams (Performer)

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John Wallace’s new mini-opera is based on Elisabeth Ingram-Wallace’s Opsnizing Dad, which won the Kaleidoscope Health and Care Award for flash fiction in 2017. It deals with how an individual, and society in general, may deal with the primal issue of dementia and social care of a parent in 2100. Wallace, recently announced as recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music, writes ‘I have tried to heighten the tragedy of dementia through the unbearable optimism of the son in trying to keep life going through it all – his eruptions into banal obscenities through his frustrations with his father leading to anger and complete loss of personal control. During the action, past, present and future blur together in one rapid continuum, but through it all, the love of a son for his father shines through.’
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2022


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