The Nature of Forgetting – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle

Tom, the protagonist, of Theatre Res 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 of dementia but of memory and the fragility of life, the show is a deeply moving look at a life lived.

Set against Alex Judds beautiful composition, the show plays out nearly wordlessly as the companys ensemble weave their way through Toms mind, exploring key moments from his earliest school days through his wedding, and beyond. Executed with flawless precision, Toms life builds and falls about before our eyes.With limited props and set, the ensemble manages to craft a world with real depth and heart. Led by the shows creator and director, Guillaume Pigé, the story is deeply emotive without feeling manipulative in how it is doing that. Pigé is joined by an incredibly strong cast all of whom add something special to the performance with nuanced performances.

With the lightest touches of heartbreak, the piece is a celebration of life. Often exuberant despite the precise discipline required of the performers, it is a joy to watch. As the audience grows close to Tom the fracturing and splintering of his memory is all the more impactful. Theatre Re has created something very special with The Nature of Forgetting and its unlikely youll see a better piece of theatre at the Fringe this year.

Runs until 27 August 2017 | Image: Contributed

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  1. The Nature of Forgetting is brilliant in concept and execution. Outstanding and definitely the highlight of my visit to the Fringe.

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