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A play and production from one of the world's most innovative theatre companies

Mnemonic is about memory, people's personal histories, shared memories and discordant recollections - exhuming the past in order to examine it in the present. A variety of stories - from the discovery of bog people like Tollund Man to peoples compulsion to retrace the origins of their ancestors...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 8th 1999 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published November 1st 1999)
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I think I would appreciate this play a lot more if I saw it in person or saw a recording of it. So much emphasis is placed upon the movement and positions of the actors and the sets change so frequently, it's hard to keep track of what's going on where and when. I'd really like to see how they pull of a mountainside, a taxi, a train, a hospital, a bedroom, and other settings on stage. I think a lot of it is done through lighting, special effects, and miming, but just reading the stage directions...more
It's hard to follow at times, it would have been MUCH better to have seen the play before reading the script. It's one of those interesting stories that you get a little confused throughout the play but toward the end a sort of proverbial light goes off, and you understand. I enjoyed it very much.
I have no doubt that Mnemonic would be stunning in performance -- a bunch of beautiful images are scattered throughout the script, but I didn't feel that the story hit the same emotional intensity as the imagery. The opening monologue, however, was a delightful read.
This was one of my favorite productions I ever saw, ever. I haven't reread the script in a long, long time, though.
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