‘Never use a name, even if you think you know it. Names can get you into hot water.’ The show opens with an old man – who, coincidentally, remains nameless – divulging secret techniques on how to prevent people knowing you’re a dementia sufferer. By turns light-heartedly funny and bone-crushingly sad, Smith tells his audience what it feels like to lose your memory, to be taken home with your family for a bewildering Christmas Day, and to be forced into taking anti-depressants. Despite this, the audience are left to fill in gaps about Smith’s character’s personal relationships, which his mind fails to communicate to himself any more. Beautifully written, overflowing with subtle nuances, Smith is clearly a talented playwright and performer.
theSpace on The Mile, 3-25 Aug (not 5), 4.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Stephanie Taylor]