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Forgetting Natasha

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Forgetting Natasha is a deeply moving piece of theatre exploring dementia and the importance of memory. Merging dance, physical theatre, live animation and sound, the show centres on Natasha, a mother and wife who is able to remember only snatches of her past.

When originally diagnosed she wrote down every memory she had in a small journal, and now cannot remember where she left it. This simple base for the piece is the perfect springboard for State of Flux to explore what memory means, and how it forms our personalities.

It's difficult to describe the style of the show, as it touches on so many theatrical conventions; at times led by simple monologues, and at times led purely by movement and dance. What makes it so powerful however, makes it stand out from other physical theatre, and what holds the show together, is the multimedia elements. The performers synchronise with the video and animations so effectively. The animations are abstract and simple, yet highlight the desperation and urgency of the piece with their sheer flow and movement.

The small ensemble are able to completely fill the large stage with the support of the design. The dance is elegant and powerful, and the three performers captivate the audience. Not one moment in this piece doesn’t feel highly considered. Every movement and word is vital; Heather Eddington has staged it with great artistry.  

The meaning is challenging, and the performance is incredibly moving. Aesthetically the show is beautiful, and the message is brought home simply, subtly, with intelligence, and without preaching. Forgetting Natasha will make you laugh, cry and show again how beautiful theatre can be.

- Chris Wheeler


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