‘Over the Garden Fence’


Amazing performance last night. The most emotive piece of theatre I’ve seen. Laughing to crying throughout! Brilliantly written. These girls are seriously talented!

Rebecca Cutts

“Absolutely incredible show last night in Manchester. A show not to be missed and will definitely have you in tears. Well done girls.”

Nikki Shaffi

‘Over the Garden Fence’ was fantastic, brilliantly emotive, hilarious, yet heart-wrenching. Two wonderfully talented women doing what they love and doing it very well. 
I urge you to go and support this new talent.
Can’t wait for what comes next from Haylo theatre!”

Katie Badman

“I saw the play 4 days ago in Norwich and can’t get it out of my mind. It evoked strong emotions in the audience from laughter to tears, and even guilt. We are all worried about dementia touching us, or our relatives and friends. However, this play has the power to change attitudes and behaviours more than any literature or news article and delivers a message of compassion and understanding in a highly entertaining way. Well done Haylo!”

Julia Richards

You were truly amazing ladies …I’m sure lots of business is coming your way…well done on a great realistic, emotive performance of life with dementia and all that goes along with that for everyone.

Jacqueline Crowther

An amazing play!!! First time I’ve seen it but it’ll not be my last! Both actresses are so talented, was so funny as well as heart-warming. Can’t wait to see it again!

Emily Slegg

This is an absolutely outstanding play, gripping from start to finish, so clever and thoughtful and brilliantly acted!

Georgia Lane

‘Over the Garden Fence’, what a fabulous performance. I became gripped by two very clever, talented playwrights, who are also very skilled & versatile actresses. They provided an evening full of insight, laughter, sadness and fulfillment, BUT be prepared if you go and see their next show to cry, laugh and absorb the tension. Highly recommended.

Barbara Crosthwaite

I enjoyed the whole Conference but the one thing that remains with me is your brilliant play. I have been telling anyone who will listen about it. I hope you realise just how good you are.

Carole McAvan

Over The Garden Fence is a masterpiece! Saw it at the UK Dementia Congress. Not a dry eye in the house. If you get the chance to see it, don’t miss it.

Wendy Brewin‎

Extremely well researched, creatively written and brilliantly performed piece, which had the audience howling with laughter one minute and sobbing the next. Fantastic theatre.

Debbie Allen‎

Your show is amazing! Brilliantly written and brilliantly performed. The reception it got and the standing ovation were fully deserved. So glad I came and can’t wait for your next venture!

Donald Judge

Over The Garden Fence’ was a truly powerful and thought provoking performance that portrayed some extremely emotional life experiences in a way that made the audience both laugh and cry. A truly brilliant play and a privilege to watch!

Sophie Wright


It was a pleasure to have you as part of our dementia awareness week in Bury. Having worked and studied dementia for 5 years the performance was very true to life of many scenarios I see and hear every day. A total credit to you both in raising awareness to the public of dementia in a way that people understand and can relate to…Truly inspiration and delivered with passion.

Rachel Yates

Dementia Development Coordinator

E.D.U.C.A.T.E is an award winning group of people living with dementia, who raise awareness about dementia. We have recently been exploring themes of Memory and  Life Story alongside Haylo Theatre. Haylo have been able to include people with dementia in their performances and really helped us bring alive the messages we are trying to get across.

Mark Perry

Development Worker, Stockport Dementia Care Training

Evaluation from the Haylo Production “Over the Garden Fence”

75% rated the play as Excellent regarding thoughts on the play

15% rated the play as very good

100% would recommend to friend and colleague


“Amazing performance yesterday. They showed those in attendance what exactly it is like to care for a person with dementia and the stigma that becomes attached to sufferers. It resonated with me so much after caring for my dad and most recently my father-in-law. The stories were so like my own experiences.”

“Absolutely beautiful balance of humour and pain, giving a real insight into the issues that dementia brings into the lives of people living with dementia and those close to them. Everyone should see this, especially professionals, clinicians etc.”

“I think the play was excellently written, acted and directed. Very talented ladies!”

“Excellent play, deals with dementia and people on so many levels. Highly recommend.”

“If there is to be a second film perhaps a younger person may help to engage the younger population?”

“Thank you for allowing the general public to attend this performance. It was a perfect way to mark DAW2016; and the play is a great way of demonstrating that there is more to a person than their dementia. I can’t wait to spread the word about Haylo and the work that your team do too. Many thanks.”

Sarah Ward

Business Support Mental Health, Dementia, Learning Disabilities Team, NHS England (Strategic Clinical Networks & Senate)

” ‘Over the Garden Fence’ was an emotional rollercoaster and you certainly bring home the message that there is more to the person than dementia!”

Sharon Harkin

East of England coop

Over the Garden Fence is such a wonderful play, performed by actors who have social awareness of the issues which effect individuals and communities, and want to give something back to local people.

Paula Friggieri

Service Manager/Project lead, Adult Social Care, Stockport Council


Feedback collected from performances in educational settings, including feedback from Schools, pupils, teachers, universities, students & staff.

Pupil Feedback 

All Pupil feedback based on performing and running workshops in Marple Hall High School. The Year 9/10 Drama students enjoyed ‘Over the Garden Fence’. The play explores the world of dementia in a very sensitive, yet amusing script. This was followed by a multi-rolling workshop in which the students were encouraged, through use of props and costume, to push the boundaries of characterisation.

The Year 9/10 Drama students enjoyed ‘Over the Garden Fence’. The play explores the world of dementia in a very sensitive, yet amusing script. This was followed by a multi-rolling workshop in which the students were encouraged, through use of props and costume, to push the boundaries of characterisation.


Pauline Gibson

Drama Teacher , Marple Hall High School

” I have just had the privilege of seeing your play “over the garden fence” at Sheffield university . It was the most amazing play I have ever seen. You are amazing and it is clear to see how passionate you are. I hope I am lucky enough to never forget it.”

“Really enjoyed the ‘Over the Garden Fence’ play about Dementia today. Very moving. Thank you @HayloTheatre”

“Great to watch ‘Over The Garden Fence’ written and performed by Haylo Theatre. Should make people think about the person behind dementia”
“Brilliant play ‘Over the Garden Fence’ by Haylo Theatre. Really enjoyed it, thank you!”
“Haylo Theatre Loved watching your play ‘Over the Garden Fence’ brilliantly written and acted.”
Sheffield University - Health and Social Care Students

Jane McKeown - Lecturer / Senior Nurse , The University of Sheffield

The play was very emotional and I could relate to it a lot.  I would pay any money to watch it again.  The workshop helped as well with multi-rolling which is really important for our GCSE Drama.

Year 9 student

I thought it was a superb production which was able to promote inner emotions of sadness showing the true emotional effects of dementia combining humour with sadness perfectly.

Year 9 student

The production was brilliant…..

Verbal feedback from my students included the following:

“Fabulous short play”
“Very powerful & moving”
“Important for health & social care students”
“I laughed and cried”
“We we’re able to put in into context regarding our studies and placements”
“Well performed”
“Would recommend to others”
“Didn’t think it would be interesting – but I was so wrong”

One student reflected on previous patients, which resulted in re-examination of how she handled and thought about those patients.

Thank you.

Kind regards

Wendy Bateman

Social Science Lecturer & Foundation Year Coordinator School of Health & Human Science , University of Bolton

It helped me be more confident and understand how to change my voice and movement to be convincing.

Year 10 student

The play was interesting because it was based on their real life experiences.

Year 10 student


“Thank you so very much for coming along with your wonderful performance.  I am sure we will be seeing you in the very near future.  In the meantime when I got in work this am just a few of the comments received from a local GP and one of our trustees.  The staff who attended say it was the best AGM ever!  Even though our numbers were small on the day there were some key people there who were very impressed with the performance.


‘Thought provoking!’

‘So accurate!’

‘Couldn’t take my eyes of the performers!’

‘Could have watch them all night!’

Just a few of the comments I got this morning.

So again, thank you so very much.”

Carol Richards

Care Support & Review Services Manager, Age UK Oldham.

We would very much like to thank you for your performance of ‘Over the Garden Fence’ to our Dementia Friendly Community of Practice at the University of Northampton last week.

The performance was very powerful and a wonderful insight into the experience of living with dementia from different perspectives. We had some very positive feedback from those attending, who mentioned that it highlighted the need for person centred care.  We would also like to say that we were very impressed with your professionalism.  It was a pleasure to have you at the University and we wish you well with the production.

Janice Jones

Project Administrator, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Northampton

It is a great pleasure to have been opportuned to watch your talent show.I am greatly moved and i can say that the experience will remain with me throughout my life. Also as a support worker, working with people living with dementia,watching your acts had arose so much empathy in me in delivering my duties to them. Thanks for your selflessness in pursuing your passion in raising people’s consciousness towards mental health in general.

Adekemi Awoyelu

support worker

“A totally absorbing and emotional roller coaster ride on the topic of dementia.I was ‘blown away’ by the Haylo girls in their representative of ‘Dolly’ and her advancing dementia. This was an incredibly well observed short play by a pair of very talented actresses; well done!”

Karen Harrison Dening

Director of Admiral Nursing, Dementia UK


On behalf of Heather Ros and myself can I thank you very much for your contribution to the Hospice Enabled Dementia Care conference in Birmingham. Your play brought the whole dementia world to life and touched hearts –which is needed to drive change.

Marie Cooper

Practice Development Lead, Hospice UK.

You wanted feedback on your performance yesterday in Budapest. I think the standing ovation said all you need to know!
Peter Zaagman

Principal Lecturer - Oxford Brookes University, Department of Nursing Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Hello, I saw the wonderful performance you did at the Dementia Congress last week, thank you again for this, it was a really good and moving performance. I work at the University of Northampton and have spoken with our Institute manager about the possibility of running the performance here with our student nurses, midwives, paramedics and any other interested staff and students. I think it would be a really interesting way of getting them to think about dementia and have the issues presented in a different way.

Alison Ward

Researcher, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Northampton

Well done at Congress yesterday ladies, truly amazing performance yet again, never get tired of seeing “over the garden fence” every time I see it I see something, new and different. That little twist at the end from EDUCATE was brilliant, even Peter Ashley, the guy in the wheel chair who has been living with Lewy Body dementia fro 15 years, was “twisting” around in his wheel chair, superb!

Jacqueline Crowther PhD MSc BSc (Hons) RMN Research Associate

Academic Palliative and Supportive Care Studies Group, University of Liverpool

Sheffield Health and Social Care student feedback of ‘Over the Garden Fence’ 

“The play was excellent! It gave an insight from the families perspective as well as the patients. The actors portrayed the situation beautifully, with both hilarious and emotional aspects shown. I found myself crying with laughter, but also feeling very emotional.  Would highly recommend to others.”

“Despite having worked with dementia and already having what I would consider a good understanding of it, the play reinforced and reminded me of what a sensitive and individualised ailment dementia can be. It highlighted in a very thorough fashion the complications of providing the necessary care, and the social stigma so often impacting individuals and family in a way that health care professionals from any degree of experience could benefit greatly.”

“I found the play ‘over the garden fence’ to be a good introduction to dementia. It was well presented and gave a good insight into the illness as well as exploring some difficult issues regarding how dementia effects not only those with the illness but how it can affect families and the wider community as a whole. I found it to be helpful in showing how stigma can still be a problem in society in regards to dementia and how these obstacles can be overcome. Overall the play was entertaining but with a serious message to take home.”

“I found the play to be a thoughtful, contemporary approach to understanding dementia and how it not only impacts the person diagnosed but has much wider consequences that affect family, friends, healthcare professionals and the wider community as a whole. I have little first hand knowledge of dementia and found the play to be very helpful to my understanding and has definitely aided my education and degree pathway. I felt included and personally touched by the topic and the play aided this in ways a typical classroom environment could not have done.”

Jane McKeown

Lecturer / Senior Nurse: Service User and Carer Involvement, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS

Audience Feedback -

'Sisters, Seagulls and Sendoffs'

“Effortless rapport between the actors and audience as two sisters clear the family home, gently negotiating their family narratives of loss, love and change. A delight.”

Professor Peter Harrop


“A production that combines the memories of characters with a strong and pertinent narrative, certainly left me with many lingering and thought provoking memories. Haylo Theatre are masters at finding the humour in the most poignant moment and the tragedy in the events of everyday life”

Audience Member 2017

“Many congrats on last nights excellent performance, wouldn’t have expected anything else!”


Jacqueline Crowther

Admiral Nurse, Kirkwood Hospice

“This is past a stage production company for me. This would be amazing and beneficial to get to a bigger audience. What is on offer here is amazing.”

Making Space event Audience member 2018

“So true to my own experience.”

Making Space event Audience member 2018

“Absolutely wonderful performance, moving, funny and sad in equal measures.”

Making Space event Audience member 2018

“Such an amazing show reflecting such hard work, focus and dedication to this project over the last year…awesome work, well done to you both.”

Audience Member 2017


“Theatre is good when it sparks personal memories, this performance does just that, it makes you think just how valuable family and friends are to you”

Audience Member 2017

“The performance was outstanding, professional and had me gripped from start to finish.” 2018


Making Space event Audience member 2018

“Absolutely wonderful performance, moving, funny and sad in equal measures.” 2018


Making Space event Audience member 2018

“It provoked thoughts and confidence to talk about death and planning for it. So moving, funny and real. It makes the conversation easy to approach and think about.”

Making Space event Audience member 2018

“Opens up a difficult subject matter in a way that’s not oppressive or morbid.” 2018






Making Space event Audience member 2018

It was amazingly powerful performance on Friday night At the Storyhouse Theatre – thank you.  You really raised the bar even higher, to another level with this debut performance. It was so powerful and honest too, so thank you. I. Could see many people in the audience getting tearful which I thought was a sign that the story had ‘touched’ them too. Well done.

Dr Brian Nyatanga

Senior Lecturer, Academic Lead for Centre for Palliative Care, University of Worcester


Very emotive

Thank you! Excellent

AMAZING! Will be looking to use them in community projects

Reassured that it is ok to be uncertain at times


Thought provoking. Excellent performance

Excellent!! Very thought provoking

Brilliant, could not be any better

An excellent mix of speakers, particularly enjoyed Haylo

All speakers were inspirational.


Emotional. Thought provoking

Excellent, but needs an emotional health warning

Powerful dramatization

Excellent presentations, captured so many issues


‘Living and Dying with Uncertainty’, END OF LIFE PARTNERSHIP 2017 CONFERENCE

This beautifully crafted drama, provided a perfect balance between humour and sadness and demonstrated skillful sensitivity to the subject of grief.  The audience were carefully drawn into the story through an accurate portrayal of different responses to grief.

Wendy Miller

Thank you so much for your involvement with the conference yesterday and for sharing your performance with us. The work you are doing is just inspirational and the way you put it across was so insightful.

Lynne Partington

Project Coordinator and Specialist Advisor, End of Life Partnership

As an audience member I couldn’t help engaging emotionally with Haylo Theatre’s production. Through honest tears and a smile I was brought to converse with my own experiences of loss. ‘Sisters, Seagulls and Sendoffs’ sensitively opens up a dialogue about loss, memory and grievance.

Audience Member 2017

“The performance was outstanding, professional and had me gripped from start to finish.

Making Space event Feedback 2018

Audience Feedback

'Another Rainy Thursday'

Haylo Theatre’s Performance of ‘Another Rainy Thursday‘ at the 16th Annual Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference 2016.


“Haylo Theatre excellent as always.”

“Excellent and moving performance from Haylo Theatre.”

“Haylo Theatre inspired again!”

“Haylo Theatre very well done!”

“Haylo Theatre were fantastic!”

“Haylo theatre were fantastic – very thought provoking”

“Haylo – brilliant!  And very thought provoking.”

“Haylo Theatre production excellent, very moving.”

“Haylo – amazing, honest, raw, inspired

Excellent play!  Again!”

“The performance was excellent, insightful and delivered with perfection.”

“Haylos performance was outstanding and the most powerful thought provoking presentation.”

“Haylo Theatre – really lovely end to the day.”

“The play – very thought provoking and moving!”

“The girls at the end fantastic made me cry.

Excellent play – thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“The theatre amazing too, true life.”

“Haylo Theatre company – EXCELLENT!”

“The Haylo Theatre where very good.”

“Haylo theatre – very emotional & powerful.”

“Another rainy Thursday – well performed.”

“Haylo theatre company-absolutely excellent narrative – well done.”

“The Haylo performance – very emotive, covering very prevalent and important issues.”

“Halyo were amazing!!”

“Haylo Theatre – inspired pair.”

“Haylo Theatre use of humour, alternative, non-clinical approaches to supporting patients and families requiring palliative and end of life care. “

Joanne Fleet, Conference & Events Co-ordinator

The 16th Annual Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference, Institute of Health and Society , University of Worcester

A collection of audience feedback about Haylo Theatre’s Performance of ‘Another Rainy Thursday‘ at the 16th Annual Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference 2016.

“Haylo Theatre production – excellent!”

“Another Rainy Day – Brilliant.”

“Haylo very good.”

“Haylo Theatre company – excellent performance, very well written.”

“Emotional Haylo play, amazingly insightful and great production as always – very good understanding of issues sensitively and humorously, portrayed and well researched and thought provoking.”

“Final act was brilliant, such young girls performing well – bring them back again!!”

“Haylo Theatre were magical.”

“Haylo was fantastic.”

“Performance excellent & thought provoking, good change from “speakers”.

“Brilliant theatre performance.”

“Another Rainy Thursday – brilliant performance.”

“Haylo Theatre – amazing and well produced.”

“Haylo Theatre Company – excellent, moving, true to life.”

Joanne Fleet, Conference & Events Co-ordinator

The 16th Annual Worcestershire Palliative Care Conference, Institute of Health and Society , University of Worcester

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