"Amazing, funny, poignant, such a lovely show!" Anne and Joseph, audience members

"Absolutely fabulous! I laughed, cried and danced!" Mrs Ayers ,Teacher St John's Chapel Primary School

"It was a pleasure to deal with Mad Alice Theatre Company and to see so many happy faces emerge from the gallery space at Darlington Library post performance." 

Stephen Wiper Creative Darlington Manager Cultural Services Darlington Borough Council


Photograph by Jamie Sproates

Illustration by Emma Dunphy

"Beautifully realised storytelling" "Heartwarming story" "Amazing and funny"

"Lovely frock!" "Thought provoking music" "Great feel!"

(audience members)

'The Show was amazing, I loved every minute...such talent and content, thank you" Patsy  81 yrs





commissioned by Queen’s Hall Arts 

From childhood to old age, Rose and Robin have had a wonderful life together – and they want to share it with YOU! 

From sports to stargazing, they’ve enjoyed so much! And most of all, they loved to dance.

They’ve had their bumps in the road, of course, and now Robin can’t remember where they keep the clothes pegs. But that’s all fine, at the end of the day!

Playful and serious, sad and happy, this is a show that celebrates life in all its richness; a story of love and loss, for old and young... especially if you are over seven and have ever lost a sock… Or someone you love.

So, join Rose and Robin through their days of dances and dreams, music and memories. What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a bit... but don’t worry. You’ll be helping them with some of the moves!

A perfect play for children to enjoy with their grandparents and parents - they were kids once as well!

Accessible across a wide age range but targeted for ages 7 years and over, and their families.
Running time: 50 mins approx.

Mad Alice Theatre is grateful to Tynedale Hospice at Home for taking part in the development of this show. 




Photographs by Jamie Sproates (

'I enjoyed the chance to join in and have a dance!" Monica 77yrs

"Brilliant! Really enjoy it! Super!" Joan 69yrs

"My kids loved the performance and so did I!" (mum)












Photograph by RICHARD AYERS


CHILDREN: “ It was really good because the play taught us even if you lose someone you can get over it”


“It made me think that no matter who dies we will always remember them”


“Amazing show! Sad bits but the show was still super fun"



TEACHERS: "It was a story of loss and dementia and it was done in such a way that the children could respond easily. Fantastic play!” 


Teacher Thomas Walling Primary School"


A great way to help children understand and deal with loss” 

Teacher Hilton Primary“ 


Very moving, it really portrayed the message and got the children to think about a difficult subject in a lovely way. I was really pleased about how children recognised the message that memories and people will always live on on your heart” 

Teacher Tudhoe Primary

PARENTS: “A wonderful story of a life well lived and emotional, reassuring and a great way of presenting life ups and downs and eventual death for younger minds and older people alike"


“Very sensitively done, inventive and charming!”


“Very engaging for all ages”


Photographs by Jamie Sproates

TOUR SCHEDULE (new touring dates to be announced shortly!)
(For bookings please email [email protected])

Rose and Robin has already toured to Darlington Library, Killhope Museum Weardale, Woodhouse Close Community Centre Bishop Auckland, Blackhill Park Lodge Co. Durham and Phoenix Theatre Blyth in autumn 2019. And to Darlington Library, Greenfield Arts Centre Newton Aycliffe, Queen's Hall Arts Centre Hexham, Gala Theatre Durham, Washington Arts Centre Tyne and Wear, Henry Travers Studio Theatre Maltings Theatre Berwick Upon Tweed, Caedmon Hall Gateshead Library. 
 It has also toured to schools in Co. Durham and Newcastle in autumn 2019 and spring 2020.













Photographs by RICHARD AYERS


GRANDPARENT:“ A nice, gentle way of telling a story involving dying, funny and enjoyable too"

GRANDPARENT: ”A lovely way to show children the life we all lead, that things happen to us all." 

GRANDPARENT: "Played on the right level to teach children about really important issues that we sometimes find hard”























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