Sky...Diamonds - the play
SKY...DIAMONDS by Kate Hawkes
This 90 minute play tells the story of Monique, her son Tom and his daughter Sally, over ten years as, each in their own way, they respond to her Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis and progression. Working backwards in time, beginning near the end of her life, the second last scene of the play shows us Monique in her all feisty glory.The audience is observing from her point of view. Knowing only what she knows, with gaps and holes, we experience passages of not knowing what people are talking about, until the picture fills out by the end.
A child of the 60s who attended Woodstock, she has always been somewhat eccentric and has a rocky relationship with her art-dealer son. Sally, on the other hand, is very close to her grandmother and we trace their relationship over ten years, back to when Sally was only ten and learning how to make a proper cup of tea from her English grandmother.
Monique's music is of the 60s and throughout the story the music of the Beatles, Donovan, Simon & Garfunkle and others are heard linking scenes. Her husband, Tom's father, died in Vietnam, an event which complicated Tom's relationship with his mother.
Leaning on a childhood friend, Sue, Monique tackles this new challenge in her unique way. In the course of that her family are also taken on a journey of their own.
Sky..Diamonds reminds us that who we are and where we come from is important and that the stresses and conflicts within families can be intensified when a disease that directly affects communication comes among us. Ultimately it honors the love that endures between family members and close friends.
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Audience Responces to 2005 Staged Readings:
Some responses to the question: ‘Describe the play in 3 words.'
provocative, insightful, worrisome revealing, engaging, healing
touching, thought-provoking a real life story
frightening, heart-warming meaningful, thought-provoking
moving, enlightening poignant, realistic
heart-wrenching, illuminating, devastating insightful, sympathetic, empathetic
About the music:
• Loved the connection of the lyrics to the story
• Nicely integrated into the plot
• Very effective way to communicate emotion
• Appropriate & significant to the plot & characters
• My dad never lost his love of music and could remember word from songs even when he forgot many other things
• I work with it and have friends affected but this really touched me.
• You really nailed the family issues.
• Not so much about the disease more about how it can play havoc with family dynamics.
• We have to learn to value the person now before they're gone.
• I knew I should forgive Tom but he could be me.
• I found myself laughing and then suddenly crying as Monique danced on the table. I cried for what was to come because you did it backwards.
• Can't wait for a full production off book