The Nature of Forgetting

3rd Aug 2017 - 27th Aug 2017

Forth - Pleasance Courtyard


Suitable for all ages


The Nature of Forgetting by Theatre Re
Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017 and following a sell-out run at the 2017 London International Mime Festival, Theatre Re presents a powerful, explosive and joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone. Tom is 55, today. As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt. Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking, tangible and poignant work. Its shows examine fragile human conditions in a compelling, physical style embracing mime, theatre and live music.

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The Nature of Forgetting is an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering... The music, composed by Alex Judd, starts out like the soundtrack to a Very Uplifting Lifetime Movie, all lilts and whirls of emotion, growing more and more interesting as the memories begin to falter, the gracious movement shudders to a halt. The entire thing, directed by Guillaume Pigé, is beautifully and playfully choreographed.
Exeunt Magazine - Gillian Greer
This powerful piece of physical theatre is a study of dementia... Though the subject is serious, its handling is not without humour and while presenting a problem it is also a celebration of a life lived and still vividly recaptured. I found myself feeling uplifted.
British Theatre Guide - Howard Loxton
Theatre Re’s latest work, The Nature of Forgetting, premiered this week at Shoreditch Town Hall, where it was greeted by sell-out audiences and standing ovations. The three-night run was far too brief – but something tells me we haven’t seen the last of this beautiful and moving show.
Theatre Things
Our theatrical highlight of Latitude 2017... A beautifully orchestrated balancing act of live music, dance, mime and dramatics... The Nature of Forgetting physically conveys the destruction of a mind, which is a heart-breaking but magical thing to pull off. There was even a standing ovation. Voluntary standing from a stinking, hungover and drooling Sunday afternoon festival crowd? That’s no mean feat.
Culture Or Trash - Neil Simpson
Breath-taking and bold...The Nature of Forgetting is a refreshing piece of theatre. A must see for both established and new audiences of physical theatre.
5 stars
Broadway World - Rona Kelly

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