Review of Still Alice, Lyceum Theatre

LtoR Eva Pope as Herself, Sharon Small as Alice & Ruth Ollman as Lydia in STILL ALICE, credit Geraint Lewis
LtoR Eva Pope as Herself, Sharon Small as Alice & Ruth Ollman as Lydia in STILL ALICE, credit Geraint Lewis

It’s a situation we all dread, when you realise that what you’d thought was just a few lapses of memory is far more serious.

This play, based on the same novel as the 2014 film, follows Alice, a university professor who discovers aged 50 that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Sharon Small does an outstanding job of charting Alice’s fight to keep hold of her identity in the face of distressing changes. In one moving scene she wets herself as she cannot remember the way to the bathroom in her own home.

Her family cope with a mixture of patience and love alongside a fair amount of bewilderment, frustration and anger. 

Her husband John (the excellent Martin Marquez) is the hardest to warm to as he puts his career ambitions before his wife.

Eva Pope plays the thoughts of Alice. It’s a touching double act as they joke with each other and Eva’s Alice comforts her other self.