Professional obligation demands that I give ‘Swinging Zimmers’ one star – this, after all, was the ropiest play that I’ve seen since my primary school nativity – but never was one star given with less malice. Set in a care home for the elderly, this comedy seeks to explore the sad realities of dementia. It’s well meaning, and the writer’s heart is obviously in the right place, but the script, acting and staging were all shambolic by any objective standard. Still, both the audience (which appeared to consist entirely of relatives of the cast) and the cast themselves seemed to have a good time throughout, and however hapless the production was, the tragedy of dementia is something very worthy of attention.
This review was originally published here.