“If you love someone you stick by them, no matter what happens.  Because that’s the deal. Isn’t it?” 

50-somethings Rob and Cathy are looking forward to reclaiming their own lives now that their daughter Nicola is grown-up and settled;  but looming over them is a threat that could rip their future apart.  Descent explores what happens as they try to hold on to each other – and themselves – in the face of early onset dementia.   

Descent doesn’t flinch from the heartbreak they face, but it also celebrates the courage, the hope, the humanity - and even the humour - they bring to the fight.


Written by Linda Duncan McLaughlin

Directed by Allie Butler

Straightforwardly powerful and heartbreaking
— The Scotsman
Touchingly perceptive...harrowing honesty
— The Herald


Supported by Creative Scotland. 

In Association with Beacon Arts Centre.

First produced at Òran Mór as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint.


Image by Mihaela Bodlovic.