13.01 - 15.01

The Nature of Forgetting

théâtre . cycles . Théâtre des Capucins
The Nature of Forgetting (c) National Taichung Theater
Lieu Théâtre des Capucins
Little spoken text in English
1h15 (pas d'entracte)
Introduction to the play by Janine Goedert 30 minutes before every performance (EN).

mentions spécifiques

âge recommandé

Theatre Re

Cycle « Vivre ensemble »


Q&A after the second performance (14.01),
in the presence of the scientist Deborah McIntyre & Michèle Halsdorf (ala),

chaired by Janine Goedert,
organized in collaboration with Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg

Tom is living with early onset dementia. We meet him as he prepares for his 55th birthday party and past memories come flooding back.

Theatre Re’s ensemble piece, conceived and directed by founder Guillaume Pigé, combines visual theatre with live music to convey Tom’s fractured recollections. Four performers work with minimal props to stage dramatically choreographed memories from Tom’s schooldays, while two musicians accompany them with a score by Alex Judd. Slowly a tale of friendship, love and guilt emerges from this powerful drama, which ultimately asks what is left of us when memories are gone.

As research for the show, members of the UK-based Theatre Re worked with people living with dementia, their carers and a neuroscientist to explore what it means to forget. One of their discoveries is that surprisingly the onset of memory decline can offer the possibility to remember the past better – for a short while long terms memories, which had apparently been forgotten, become more vivid than ever before. They have used this phenomenon in the development of Tom's journey.

The Nature of Forgetting premiered at the London International Mime Festival in 2017, and has since played to sell-out houses as far and wide as Hong Kong, New York, Seoul and Lima.

“A thoughtful piece, aided by some faultless synchronicity and performance.”

What’s on Stage


Conceived & directed by
Guillaume Pigé
Devised by the
company – Matthew Austin, Malik Ibheis, Chris Jones, Alex Judd, Fred McLaren, Keiran Pearson, Guillaume Pigé, Eygló Belafonte, Andres Velasquez, Louise Wilcox, Luna Tosin, Calum Littley
Alex Judd
Lighting Designer
Katherine Graham
Re-Lighter & Production Manager
Josephine Tremelling
Sound Technician
Benjamin Adams
Rehearsal Director
Eygló Belafonte
Costume & Prop Designer
Malik Ibheis
A.C. Smith
Scientific Collaborator
Professor Kate Jeffery
External Curator
Andrew Visnevski
Louise Wilcox, Eygló Belafonte, Calum Littley, Guillaume Pigé, Henry Webster, Nathan Gregory
Theatre Re
Funded by
National Lottery through Arts Council England
Co-commissioned by
London International Mime Festival; The Point Eastleigh; South Hill Park
Supported by
Shoreditch Town Hall & Haringey Council


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