A older person clad in different fabrics with a flashlight on their forehead has their knees bent, looking intently out. They are on stage, the set is a drawer, an armchair, and a rug, making up a living room. The light is deep purple.
Tom Wentworth — Windy Old Fossils. Image by: Robert Workman


What happens when the disabled child becomes the carer? When Kate moves back home in rural Shropshire, she doesn’t expect to be looking after her mother, grandmother and a tortoise! But Deborah, her once capable mum, is becoming increasingly disabled and struggling to care for her mother Maggie and their crumbling family home. This dark comedy examines the subtle shift from cared-for to carer, the hierarchy of family life and maintaining your independence in a rural community.

LITTLE BITS OF RUINED BEAUTY is a play which comes from the heart. It has disabled characters at its core, but also contains a universal theme which will resonate with disabled and non-disabled audiences alike: what happens when the roles are reversed and the hierarchy in the family changes, as parents and grandparents are no longer able to look after themselves? Drawing on personal experiences, the play has an all-female cast as three generations of women attempt to survive life, death and each other with humour.

Directed by Nickie Miles-Wildin, and produced by Pentabus, LITTLE BITS OF RUINED BEAUTY not only highlights the challenges of living and working in rural areas with a disability, but is also a love-letter to rural life and rural audiences. Tom Wentworth is collaborating with Pentabus, and returning to his home county of Shropshire, after his play WINDY OLD FOSSILS was part of their inaugural Young Writers’ Festival in 2014.