Creative Team:

Conceived & Directed by Guillaume Pigé

Devised by the Company

Isabella / Sophie – Louise Wilcox

Emma / Mrs Denis - Eygló Belafonte

Mike – Matthew Austin

Tom – Guillaume Pigé

Multi-instrumentalist / Teacher – Alex Judd

Percussionist / Schoolboy – Chris Jones or Keiran Pearson

Composer - Alex Judd

Lighting Designer - Katherine Graham

Associate Lighting Designer (LIMF’17 & Latitude) - Lucy Adams

Tour Technician - Josephine Tremelling

Costume & Prop Designer - Malik Ibheis

Set & Props maker – Tim Highman, Andres Velasquez

Dramaturg - A.C. Smith

Scientific Collaborator - Professor Kate Jeffery

Assistant Producer – Bevin Ng (London and Edinburgh)

External Curator - Andrew Visnevski

Photographer – Danilo Moroni, François Verbeek

Graphic Designer – Rebecca Pitt

Devising cast: Matthew Austin, Malik Ibheis, Chris Jones, Alex Judd, Fred McLaren, Keiran Pearson, Guillaume Pigé, Eygló Belafonte, Andres Velasquez, Louise Wilcox.

Funded by National Lottery through Arts Council England

Co-commissioned by the London International Mime Festival, The Point Eastleigh, and South Hill Park Arts Centre

Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall, Lincoln Drill Hall, Jacksons Lane, Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and Haringey Council.

Photo: Danilo Moroni

Touring information:

The show is currently touring in the UK and around the world. To see our touring schedule click here.

Work-in-progress, Lincoln Drill Hall (Lincoln, 2016)

Work-in-progress, South Hill Park Arts Centre (Bracknell, 2016)

Preview performance, The Point Eastleigh (Eastleigh, 2017)

World Première, London International Mime Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall (London, 2017)

Latitude Festival, Theatre Arena (Suffolk, 2017)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017, Pleasance Forth (August 2017)

Brazil (Feverestival Campinas, SESC Santana Sao Paulo - 2018)

Peru (FAE Festival - 2018)

UK TOUR - Spring 2018:

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Norwich Playhouse, The Quary Theatre, The Lowry, Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Mac Belfast, Shoreditch Town Hall, Worthing Theatre - Part of Brighton Festival, The Dukes Lancaster, The Gulbenkian, South Hill Park , Ffwrnes, The Courtyard, The Cornerstone Arts Centre.

US Tour (East Coast, 13 venues) - Autumn 2018

South Korea (Wooran Foundation, Seoul - 2019)

Hong Kong (Hong Kong Culural Centre, Hong Kong Arts Festival - 2019)

USA (New Victory Theater, New York City - 2019)

Taiwan (Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival and National Taichung Theatre - 2019)

UK (Salisbury International Arts Festival - 2019)



‘Profoundly moving... An action packed celebration of life’

Front Row - BBC Radio 4, John Wilson

Winner ThreeWeeks Editor’s Award

Included in Lyn Gardner’s picks of the Fringe for The Guardian

‘Exquisitely beautiful and punishingly energetic... This is a special show.’

★★★★★ The List

‘Renders superlatives near redundant... Utterly unmissable.’

★★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

‘Incredible...The Nature Of Forgetting is a powerful reminder of the beauty of mime’ 

★★★★★ GQ Magazine UK

‘Breath-taking and bold... A must see.’ 

★★★★★ Broadway World

‘This is a work of serious importance.’

★★★★★ ThreeWeeks Edinburgh

‘This is an extraordinary production.’

★★★★★ London City Nights

‘The Nature of Forgetting is the highlight of the Fringe.’

★★★★★ Theatre Bubble

‘This is an exceptionally fine piece of high-energy physical theatre.’

★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

‘Unbounded in its imagination and sensational in its execution...’

★★★★★ The Wee Review

‘A joy to watch... Theatre Re has created something very special.’

★★★★★ Reviews Hub

‘A truly beautiful, emotionally charged piece of work.’

★★★★★ EdFringe Review

‘One of those incredibly beautiful pieces of theatre you are likely to remember for a long, long time.’

★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

‘A production which is truly unforgettable.’

Highly Recommended by Fringe Review

“Powerful and very moving.”

British Theatre Guide

“Incredibly beautiful… The Nature of Forgetting is an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering.”

Exeunt Magazine

“The Nature of Forgetting premiered this week at Shoreditch Town Hall, where it was greeted by sell-out audiences and standing ovations. The three-night run was far too brief – but something tells me we haven’t seen the last of this beautiful and moving show.”

Theatre Things


Interview with East London Guardian - here

Interview with Ham&High - here

Interview with The Vile Blog - here

Inteview with The Edinburgh Reporter - here

About The Nature of Forgetting:

“We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars... Everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings... There is something, way down deep that’s eternal about every human being... And that’s what’s left when memory is gone.”

Thornton Wilder – Our Town

Our main character, Tom, is living with early onset dementia. We meet him on his 55th birthday being helped by his daughter, Sophie, as he struggles to get dressed for the party. What follows is a life-affirming journey into Tom’s weakening mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated.

To develop The Nature of Forgetting we collaborated with UCL Neuroscience Professor Kate Jeffery. Research on memory and amnesia formed the basis and foundation of our explorations. We also interviewed older members of the community as well as people living with dementia to create links between the science and the real human experience.

Ultimately, our piece is not about dementia. It is about the fragility of life and that eternal “something” we all share that is left when memory is gone.

Photo: Danilo Moroni

Photo: Danilo Moroni

Photo: Danilo Moroni

Trailer - The Nature of Forgetting

Interview - British Council EdShowcase 2017:

Audience’s responses - Edinburgh 2017

Photo: Danilo Moroni