There is physical theatre galore at the festival this summer and it is slowly becoming more and more common in regional theatres across the country. Tucked away in a corner of Pleasance Courtyard, The Nature of Forgetting is a beautiful piece on living with dementia and the absent mindedness that comes hand in hand.
A new production from Theatre Re, we meet a father on his 55th birthday and as he struggles with simple daily routine and the names of loved ones, his mind is flooded with memories and moments of importance from his past. With very little dialogue, the onstage musicians play a vital part in guiding us through the story and the choreography and movement is perfectly in sync as the ensemble unite as character after character.
With several scenes back to Tom’s school days, as the earliest memories are now the most prominent in his mind, and one bicycle scene which is full of joy, and ear to ear grins… the memories switch between the vague and the more certain and the cast excel themselves in their movements and sheer presence in the space.
A very powerful and mesmerising piece receiving a well deserved standing ovation: this production will make you think, feel and sit back in awe.
The Nature of Forgetting | Pleasance Courtyard