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Finding Nana (New Perspectives Theatre Company)

By | Published on Saturday 19 August 2017

An original piece of autobiographical theatre written by Jane Upton, this play features just one cast member, the brilliant Phoebe Frances Brown, with her bed the one piece of stage furniture. The number of moving stories and emotions expressed throughout, however, cannot be quantified in such low numbers. Upton’s memories of her Nana, before and after she started to experience symptoms of dementia, are told through a series of anecdotes emphasising the sensory layers of human experiences. From silly fancy dress competitions on a childhood holiday to the isle of Wight, to the eerily symbolic loss of a beloved apple tree. Touch, smell and sound are as important as the visual memory, we learn, in holding on to those we’ve loved.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Emily Mildren]