In June, BAT’s script club is reading Breadcrumbs by Jennifer Haley.
““Words, words, words,” Hamlet sneered at Polonius, who had asked him what he was reading, but to Alida, a brilliant writer now in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, they are the guideposts which will keep her memories aglimmer even as her synapses misfire. They are, to the fiercely independent and private Alida, the equivalent of Gretel’s breadcrumbs: a device to keep wicked forces at bay, and to show the way home.”
Breadcrumbs is the story of how an author comes to live with her dementia. The fear, the joy, the loss of trust, the rage and the peace that her breadcrumbs bring her.