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The Nature of Forgetting – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tom has early onset dementia. It’s his birthday and his daughter struggles to get him in a jacket and tie for the arrival of his friends and family. Tom can’t remember which jacket she told him to put on two minutes ago, but he can remember plenty of other things – his school days, ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Director: Guillaume Pigé Composer: Alex Judd Devised by Theatre Re Reviewer: Leah Tozer Memory is a cruel mistress: meticulous and muscular, ephemeral and fractured and fragile, it’s all too easy to forget how crucial memory is to character; after all, what – or who – is left when memories are forgotten? Theatre Re’s thoughtful and affecting The Nature of Forgetting ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Concept and Director: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The memories of our lives are really just our favourite stories, fragments and disparate experience repackaged, reinterpreted and infused with retrospective meaning. Humans are storytellers, and in order to feel that we have purpose, that the things we have done were connected, our minds weave a narrative from this series of random ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Devised by: Theatre Re Conceived and Directed by: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival continues as the theatre presents work dealing with dementia and collaborating with those living affected by the condition. Theatre Re’s physical piece premiered at The Edinburgh International Arts Festival last year and is now on tour. It is an extraordinary, high-energy ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

two men and a woman balancing on a bicycle

Reviewer: David Doyle Tom, the protagonist, of Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting is celebrating his 55th birthday when we join him. He is also suffering from early onset dementia. Over the course of the next seventy-five minutes, we follow him into his mind as he recalls and attempts to recollect memories of his past. A stunning exploration not merely ...

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Blind Man’s Song – The Lowry, Salford

Creator/Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Clare Boswell Following on from the success of their Off West End Theatre Award nominated production of Little Soldiers, Theatre Re’s new show sounds like an intriguing prospect. It is not. It’s difficult to know what to write about Blind Man’s Song. This pretentious show flirts with meaning but communicates nothing. It looks pretty. The lighting ...

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Blind Man’s Song – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Sara Jackson An intriguing piece, with the mark of a company building themselves with growing confidence, Blind Man’s Song follows the titular sightless musician (played by Alex Judd, who also composed the music) on a journey through memory and imagination, as two faceless figures – a woman in green and a man in red – explore ...

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FIVE FAST FRINGE QUESTIONS with…Theatre Re’s Blind Man’s Song

In one sentence tell us about your show. Blind Man’s Song is wordless, intimate, moving and visually stunning piece of theatre about the power of imagination; it responds to the supernatural, the magical and the emotional sparks that seep into us when our eyes are closed. What made you decide to bring a show this year? This year will be ...

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