Bothered and Bewildered

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5f, 3m

This is a comedy drama about one woman's struggle with Alzheimer's. The
play follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as the girls
lose their mum in spirit but not in body.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 3m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



As her family struggle to come to terms with her Alzheimer's, Irene's past passion for romantic literature blurs with reality. She spends hours discussing how best to write her 'memory book' with her imaginary friend and favourite author Barbara Cartland (the deceased world famous romantic novelist), disclosing long kept family secrets that she would never divulge to her daughters. 

This tragi-comedy is about memory, loss, secrets and, above all, love.

Click here to read a free sample of the play.

Discover more about Bothered and Bewildered, Gail's other shows and her writing process in The Good Enough podcast

For an insight on the play's development and premiere see the open facebook page for 'Bothered and Bewildered' at https://www.facebook.com/GailYoungBotheredandBewildered and www.gailyoungplaywright.com




'Bothered and Bewildered' was first performed in October 2014 at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester by Tip Top Productions. The show was directed by Gail Young, and the sell out premiere was staged as a fund raising production to help raise monies to support the wellbeing of patients with dementia at both the Countess of Chester and Ellesmere Port Hospitals

Cast Attributes
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


Ian MCorquodale, Barbara Cartland's son

"Dear Gail, I am assured that you will be depicting my mother in a sympathetic way from reading through your script. She was renowned for her sense of humour and you really bring that out..... Good luck with the play, I am sure it will be a great success, and make sure that whoever plays my Mum is dressed in pink!"


Christine Hunter Hughes. NODA NW Regional Councillor October 2014

"... I must confess on reading the synopsis of the play I was uncertain how many laughs would be possible out of such an emotionally draining subject. I was dead wrong !! In my humble opinion the play was excellent, and I and the capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed it.The play was so very touching, sad, and funny and held my attention throughout with very well drawn characters, and the writing was so good that I felt for the daughters every step of the way and cared very much what happened to them all. I loved the introduction of Barbara Cartland as an imaginary friend..."



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Gail Young

Gail Young has directed and acted with community theatre groups for many years in the Chester and Wirral area of NW England. She turned her hand to writing in 2005 and took her first full length play Cheshire Cats to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 with Guilden Sutton Players. T ...

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