Powerful show 'Kinetics' opens up conversation about Parkinson's Disease

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An inspiring, honest and humorous show will grace the Fishtrap Theatre stage at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre this week.

Written by Sue Wylie, Kinetics is a true story based on the playwright's own experience of being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease just after her 50th birthday.

The show follows Rose as she tries to come to terms with her diagnosis, when Lucas comes tumbling into her life and an unlikely friendship springs up.

The show is based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites.

What can a rebellious teenage boy who is into free running and a middle-aged woman with Parkinson's possibly have in common? The desire to move.

But when things go wrong, will the bond between them be strong enough?

Producer Sue Edge said the show was incredibly personal to her as she was diagnosed with Parkinson's herself at 51 years old.

"I first heard about this play on one of the major Facebook pages dedicated to people living with Parkinson's," she said.

"It informs people about Parkinson's in an engaging and entertaining format as well as raising questions about patient empowerment and breaking bad news.

"It raises much needed awareness about what it is like to live with Parkinson's but its themes are universal."

Now critically acclaimed, Kinetics has toured the UK has been met with such a recurring demand for it to be seen on a nationwide basis that it was turned into a film.

Starring Nat Burbage and Matthew Manning, the Mandurah play will be followed by a question and answer session afterwards to raise awareness about the second most common neurological disease in the world.

Kinetics will play in the Fishtrap Theatre at MPAC at 7pm on May 9, 10, 11 and 12 with matinee performances at 1pm on May 11 and 12.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the MPAC website or the Facebook event page.