7 August 2012 2:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As a teenager working on my dad's building sites, I used to cringe when he blasted opera out to the workers. Now I've written a show about him – in all his grumpy glory

Ten years ago, my dad, Colin Alec Todd Thomas, was diagnosed with a disease called progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative and incurable condition that is often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis. He is now nearly blind, can't walk, can barely talk, can't swallow properly, has diabetes and dementia, and last week my mum, his carer, was told she could add gout to the list. It is likely he will die of hypostatic pneumonia. Frankly, he was a grumpy bastard to begin with and none of this has improved his mood.

I have responded to witnessing this cruel slide downwards with the appropriate dignity, and written a show about it for the Edinburgh festival. Bravo Figaro! is about my dad, »

- Mark Thomas

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