21ST APRIL - 18TH JUNE 2016
Gala Performance 27th April.
Designed by Tom Scutt
AllScene was chosen to work on another production with designer Tom Scutt. This time, on ELEGY a new play by Nick Payne (Constellations, Incognito) for the Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Josie Rourke.
"[Production design] institutional setting, dominated by a grey floor, waiting room chairs and a tree stump in a glass case, glowing from within..." - WhatsOnStage website.
"Josie Rourke's direction is beautifully spare and Tom Scutt's design, dominated by the image of a bifurcated and encased tree, reflects the divisions within the characters..." - The Guardian.
"[The tree] trunk cleaved in two. It's beautiful image of a little literal - a tree of life and knowledge, split in two. That aptness recurs throughout the production: the women are both teachers; Alice Oswald's poetry threads through the piece, like a trumpeter." - The Stage.
What if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded? Every act of human behaviour catalogued and wholly understood? ELEGY imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it's now possible to augment and extend life.
Through the beautiful and moving story of three women who've made the choice between love and survival, ELEGY explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But at what cost?
Lorna (Zoe Wanamaker) has a debilitating and fatal brain disorder, with the only cure being a radical procedure that would also erase her memories of the previous 20-30 years - including the moment she met her wife, fellow teacher Carrie (Barbara Flynn). Miriam (Nina Sosanya), the doctor explains the options to the couple, while also explaining why her own mother, when faced with a similar choice, decided against undergoing the treatment.
The play continually asks questions of its characters and its audience, about faith, love, aging and identity. Is suffering a natural part of life? Are we the same person we were five, ten, twenty years ago?
ELEGY will run at The Donmar Warehouse until Saturday 18th June 2016. Previews from 21st April, with the Gala Performance on Wednesday 27th April 2016. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Observer: 4 stars ****
"This is absolutley a play of today"
Time Out: 4 stars ****
"A beautiful production of a provocative play"
The Times: 4 stars ****
"The acting is flawless"
"Short but also very intense"
The Guardian: 4 stars ****
"Payne's utterly relatable characters make this play about scientific progress an exploration of the very human concepts of love, indentity, faith and loss"
"...it is challenging but compels attention."
WhatsOnStage: 4 stars ****
"Most beautifully acted. Wanamaker's is the showier turn, convincingly confused, movingly resolute, but Flynn's quiet despair, her depiction of a loving pragmatist facing something she cannot bear is equally effective. Sosanya makes the doctor's case with powerful conviction and steely grace. You just long for more."
Financial Times: 4 stars ****
Independent: 4 stars ****
"Josie Rouke's superlatively acted and immaculatley well-judged production"
Photo by Johan Persson
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