The last show in South Holland Centre’s late winter and early spring programme was a true tearjerker.
Puppeteers William Aubrey Jones, Molly Freeman and Matthew Lloyd from Smoking Apples and Dogfish Theatre succeeded in making themselves just the support cast in telling a one-hour tale about Ted, a patient diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).
But rather than present a sequence of scenes showing Ted as a victim who finds it increasingly harder to cope with his condition, essentially a muscle-wasting disease which prevents him from walking and living independently, CELL is an adventure as Ted tries to live life to the full.
He does this by going on a trip of lifetime with a pet goldfish as the puppeteers use light, music and sound to tell Ted’s story.
Surprisingly but perhaps tellingly, the young people who outnumbered the adults in the audience were hugely appreciative of Ted’s story and the way in which William, Molly and Matthew tried their best not to make him a figure to feel sorry for.
As Ted said himself: “I’m living with MND, not dying from it.”