Told through the eyes of Martha, Lapse explores the ways our relationship with the world changes throughout the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.
Unfolding within her garden, Martha experiences a mosaic of personal memories from different moments in her life, collapsed into a continuous stream that blurs past and present; reality and artifice.
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LEVI is sat in a narrow, patterned wingback armchair. AMELIA enters from the stairwell and stands in the doorway.
She seems calmer now we're back.
Can you stay a little bit longer?
AMELIA shoulders her bag, bracing to leave.
Sorry I have to get to work, I could only get cover for morning period, do you mind? [Beat] Stuart’s taking the kids tomorrow night, I'll come by then. We’ll talk.
CUT TO:Wide shot from hallway into living room. A small portion of light spills out onto the hallway floor. A moment of silence, LEVI nods. AMELIA turns to leave and pauses.
I know what you're going to say, but we need to think about some support, maybe just some help around the house? Alec mentioned a new agency he's been in touch with...
Camera lingers for a moment.
Anyway, I'll catch you tomorrow.
Wide static shot of AMELIA leaving the house. She looks for her car keys in her handbag as she walks quickly out of shot. A few moments after, LEVI leaves the house. He closes the door and leans on it for a moment.
4 November, 2012
Lapse was developed as part of Martha [Alzheimer's Machine III], a body of work exploring the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on the way we see, interpret and understand the world around us through the eyes of Martha, a fictional character living with Alzheimer’s.
Lapse was produced with support from ISIS Arts, Mural, Arts Council England, the Gane Trust, and Random Acts Network Centre North.
Cast: Jane Hayward, Linda Greenwood