The Nature of Forgetting

Theatre Re


Established in 2009, Theatre Re is a London-based international ensemble creating thought-provoking and moving work. Its shows examine fragile human conditions in a physical style embracing mime, theatre and live music. Intimate collaborations with experts in different fields - such as science and public health - and various community groups throughout the devising process play a crucial part in the development of the final work.

Featuring specially composed live music and skillfully executed physicality, The Nature of Forgetting deals with the inability of a man to recollect his life. The result of a collaboration with the Neuroscience Department at the University College of London and research into memory and amnesia, the show was also informed via workshops and interviews conducted with people living with dementia and their carers to create links between the science and the real human experience. Ultimately, the piece is not about dementia but the fragility of life and that eternal ‘something’ we all share which is left when memory is gone.

In the press

“Incredibly beautiful… An explosive, joyous celebration of remembering.”
Exeunt Magazine

“Powerful piece of physical theatre... Though the subject is serious, its handling is not without humour and while presenting a problem it is also a celebration of a life.” British Theatre Guide

Production details

  • Devisor

    Theatre Re
  • Director

    Guillaume Pigé
  • Designer

    Katherine Graham (Lighting)
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Weight: 340kg Volume: 5,7m3

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    10m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance Forth)
  • Production dates

    3-27 AUGUST (not 14 AUGUST)
  • Production times

  • Duration

    75 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity




Wrap-around activities to accompany The Nature of Forgetting include post-show discussions, talks, lectures and workshops. All activities are tailored to the group the company are working with, so every session is different. Further information available upon request.