Butterfly Psyche Theatre’s new play, The Persistence of Memory, examines these and other questions with compassion and humour, while gently exploring the delicate human condition through our dependence on memory and it’s creation of our identity.
The Persistence of Memory tells the story of Dante DeLucca, an ageing classics professor. He and his daughter Iphee must come to terms with his fading memory and how it will change their relationship. But they are not alone: with the unlikely appearance of Mneme, the Muse of Memory, father and daughter find the strength to make the transition together.
The Persistence of Memory is directed by Nancy Medina. Nancy is a Bristol Old Vic Drama Directing MA student, the Artistic Director of Corner Theatre and author of the directing blog, Is the Director Dead?. Nancy previously directed Butterfly Psyche’s production of Bike, which won the “The Public Reviews Best of 2012 in the south west reviewer picks” last October (“One of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen this year.” ***** What’s on Stage Review of Bike 2012). Nancy says, “I am thrilled to be a part of this production. The script is beautifully written and explorative with characters to believe in and care about. I dare anyone to NOT relate to this material in some way.”).
Dante’s story is a universal one that is becoming more and more common. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are over 800,000 people living with Dementia or severe memory loss in the UK. In order to develop the script, theatre practitioner and playwright, Alison Farina, sought advice from Carers living with and caring for loved ones suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. With funding from the Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Arts Development Micro-Grant scheme and coordinating with the Careers Centre in Radstock, Butterfly Psyche Theatre will be providing special performances and workshops aimed at carers in the B&NES area. If you would like further information on these performances and workshops please contact Butterfly Psyche Theatre directly on .uk.
Alison’s work has been produced and commissioned in Bath, Bristol, Leeds and the Isle of Man, with her most recent work making up part of the exciting programme of new plays produced by Roughhouse Theatre’s 24 Hour Plays project this past July at The Rondo Theatre in Bath. Critics have said of her previous work: “…takes on a ‘Big Issue’ without (a) boring the pants off you, or (b) slipping into yawnful predictability…witty, warm and accomplished writing.” (****) What’s on Stage review of Fertility Objects, 2012.
Small companies like Butterfly Psyche need the support of their communities in order to survive and there are many ways in which individuals and business can help provide this support. If you would like to help us continue to make locally-sourced theatre and performing arts in our community, we’d love to talk to you. You can contact us on .uk.