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Bloomsbury Theatre to present first virtual tour of STYX – a theatre concert

30 April 2020

Bringing light to the experience of living and dying with Alzheimer’s, STYX is a theatre-concert telling the true story of a grandmother and grandson, piecing together the memories that connect them across time.


Performed by an international seven-piece band, STYX weaves together riotous songs with intimate storytelling as it journeys through the neuroscience of memory, revealing the extraordinary power music has to reignite fading memories. Part twisted reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, part foray into the neuroscience of memory, and part testament to two of the performer's grandparents, it seeks to engage its audiences with a more hopeful understanding of what it is to live and die with dementia, and of the imprints and influences we make that out last the decay of our synapses

Second Body made STYX – a true story about one of its members’ grandmothers, who has dementia. We know this period of lockdown is incredibly challenging for everyone, however it is especially difficult for vulnerable people like her, who are having to deal with isolation and confusion on top of everything else. So we felt it was a really important time to be sharing it, and we hope it will perhaps inspire people to reach out a little more to loved ones who may be going through similar experiences. 

We've set up an option to donate at the end of the show, and we'll be giving 50% of everything we receive to Alzheimers Society.

Awarded a Fringe Weekly Award in Perth 2019 and shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh that same year, this five star production embarks on its first virtual tour of the UK. 

If you would like to learn more about UCL’s role in the research and understanding of Dementia, click here.