Alzheimers Symphony

Alzheimer Symphony is a mesmerising and moving theatrical tour de force that has emerged from an international collaboration between artists from Switzerland, Austria and Tasmania.

Amidst his daily routines, a famous actor tries to recall the lines to Shakespeare’s King Lear, but they are starting to escape him. He develops tricks to fight his forgetfulness as it follows him into every corner of his private life. He forgets the name of his sons, cannot recognise a picture of his mother, and when he finds a sock in his soup he eats it without questioning.

As his memory increasingly eludes him, he obstinately fights with all his might but is gradually left with no choice but to embrace his new reality. Important things become unimportant, feelings become stronger than thoughts and his inner child is revived.

This beautifully wrought solo performance from Justus Neumann, an artist who is a master of his craft, is largely played from a set-piece that has been brilliantly designed to surprise and delight the audience and is perfectly accompanied by a compelling score and an elegant lighting design. Together these elements mesh with Horner and Neumann’s touching and cheekily humorous script to create a riveting night of theatre.

..a masterful piece of theatre making”

The Hobart Mercury

Winner of six ‘Errols’ at 2015 Tasmanian Theatre Awards

Best Professional Production: Performing Lines TAS
Best Professional Direction: Hans Peter Horner
Best Professional Original Work: Justus Neumann
Best Professional Performance (Male): Justus Neumann
Best Professional Writing: Justus Neumann and Hans Peter Horner
Special Judges Awards for Original Music Composition: Julius Schwing


Justus Neumann & Hans Peter Horner

Hans Peter Horner

Greg Methe

Orginal music
Julius Schwing

Justus Neumann

Produced by
Performing Lines TAS

Information for Presenters

Presentation History

The Street Theatre
Canberra, ACT
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Full Presentation History for Alzheimers Symphony

The Street Theatre
Canberra, ACT
The Backspace Theatre
Hobart, TAS

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

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