The Fish Bowl is a dramatic production that ran during this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival, winning the Best Theatre & Physical Theatre Award and Holden Street Theatre's Adelaide Fringe Award. The title is a metaphor for the voyeuristic, circular nature of the daily routine for people living in aged care.
The play presents the real-life stories of people living with Alzheimer's through a creative retelling of the sights, sounds and stories from a local Memory Unit. Exploring communication, ageing and identity, this presentation is a celebration of the rich characters you find living and working in aged care and the wisdom they impart.
This National Science Week production builds on the foundations laid by The Fish Bowl, following the production with an interactive scientific forum featuring SAHMRI researchers and examining the physiology behind the physical and mental presentations of dementia.
SAHMRI’s panel of researchers who work on Alzheimer’s and other dementias will explain what is happening in the brain and how that impacts other parts of the body. They will also present information and answer audience questions about what science currently knows about the causes, preventions and treatments for dementia.
Currently more than 436,000 Australians live with Dementia. The Fish Bowl speaks straight to the heart of how we can all better value and connect with some of the most vulnerable people within our society through telling their version of their story.
Note: everyone attending a SAHMRI facility needs to show proof of double vaccination.
The auditorium is located at the rear of SAHMRI's ground level entrance foyer.