Memento a theatre piece about memory


  • Posted: October 7, 2016
  • Contact Name: Andy Godfrey
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  • Organisation: El Toro theatre Company
  • Categories: Something Different

Project Outline

Memento is a true story about memories. It is an interactive performance built on a simple structure where the audience are invited to help tell the narrative. As the play develops the boundaries between theatrical and audience space become blurred like a distant memory. We explore the difference between moments as they happened and what we remember, and those we forget. The piece unfolds through masks and puppets used by one actor and the whole audience. The ideas behind Memento is experiment, I want to explore how an audience can take ownership of a performance by taking part in it. Each performance I will film the piece and publish it in sections so members of the audience can keep their section as a Memento. In the piece they will be given envelopes with tasks or characters in them that they will enact, so everyone in the audience can contribute to the performance. The piece explores memory and looks at what we forget and what we remember. The piece combines full face masks and bunraku puppets that the audience use. These are being specially made for us by the Mask Emporium. Everything we use in the piece is low tech and is focused most on the relationship between the performer and the audience.

Support Outline

We are looking for rehearsal space and a place to try an early version of the piece. We would like to build some partnerships in Kent. The company was formally based in the eastern region and supported by arts council and the Cambridge Junction.

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