Reminding Sheila by Shaun Needham | Script Revolution

Reminding Sheila

When a depressed widow is told she has dementia, she plans to end her life. However, a chance meeting with an optimistic swing singer forces her to reconsider.

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Over 500,000 people in the UK have a dementia diagnosis. However, the actual number is thought to be much higher as there are many who are currently living with the condition, undiagnosed.

Rock music and goldfish loving grandmother, Sheila, is one of these.

Suffering with depression after the death of her beloved husband, Sheila lives with her disabled daughter, Leanne, and her family; ever-cautious husband, Tim, and intelligent son, Charlie. When Sheila is told by a doctor that her depression may actually be the early stages of dementia, she convinces herself that she is destined to lose her husband again. Not wanting to die with no memory of her loved ones, Sheila runs away with her pet goldfish, a jar of two pence coins and her late husband's ashes to the seaside town where they first met; intending to end her life with her memories still intact.
After discovering Sheila's suicide note, Leanne, Tim and Charlie race to the coast to prevent the worst from happening. However, upon Sheila's arrival, her path crosses with that of an elderly, but still aspiring, pub singer; Albert. The movie-quoting, Frank Sinatra wannabe takes a shine to Sheila and attempts to show her a more optimistic view of life.

Will Sheila see sense before it is too late and realise that, although we may forget the things in our head, no one - or anything - can take away the things we keep in our heart?

Submitted: March 10, 2018
Last Updated: February 3, 2019

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The Writer: Shaun Needham

Full-time, disgruntled secondary school teacher; optioned screenwriter and professional singer. My parents actively encouraged me to take part in as many different things as possible and take my opportunities. Without their influence, I would not have the creative passions and intuition that I have today. I have always loved stories but, for one reason or another, when it came to university choices I made the (with hindsight, incorrect) decision to pursue a career as a PE teacher and have now spent twelve years working in an inner-city school in Sheffield. Don't get me wrong, I love being able to help kids pursue their dreams and ambitions but, after about six years of it, I had an epiphany... Go to bio

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