A Month of Sundays
by Bob Larbey

Poster for A Month of SUndays

 

Mrs Baker, the cleaner can't understand why Cooper doesn't want to go outside.

Julia brings some daffodils from the garden

 

Nurse Wilson is upset by the attitude of relatives of another resident.

 

Aylott and Cooper prepare for another game of chess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


April/May 2015

This gentle but poignant comedy was written by Bob Larbey who had a string of successful TV comedies to his name including The Good Life, Brush Strokes, and As Time Goes By (which starred Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer).

The action takes place in the room of Cooper, a resident of a care home for the elderly. He and his fellow resident, Aylott, use wit and humour to face up to the latter’s approaching dementia and Cooper’s slowly worsening incontinence and immobility. Cooper’s razor sharp wit also comes in to play in his relationship with Nurse Wilson and Mrs Baker the cleaner. The title of the play refers to the monthly duty visits of Cooper’s daughter and son-in-law, something which none of them look forward to! Cooper and Aylott pass their days playing chess, challenging their failing memories and dreaming of fantasy inventions and escapes to Switzerland. An important theme of the play is friendship, not just the close bond betwe en Aylott and Cooper, but the developing relationship between Cooper and Wilson. She consistently bats off his witty and playfully flirtatious banter but towards the end of the play we realise that what has developed is a genuine fatherly care for her and her future with her prospective husband. This is in contrast with the prickly and cool relationship he has with his real daughter and yet in their final visit there is a hint that even this is improving.

 

 

Aylott and Cooper try to remember the names of the 1947 Middlesex cricket team

 

Nurse WIlson finds Aylott asleep

 

Cooper's daughter and son in law arriv e for their visit

 

Peter helps Cooper with his cardigan