Jamali, A. (2017). Performing Memory in Complicite’s Mnemonic. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.1785
Mnemonic, devised by Complicite, is a play that consciously asks questions about the nature of memory, of home, of our interconnectedness, yet it does not presume to provide complete answers. Instead, it requires the audience to actively engage in the creation of memory, to use our imaginations as we commit to the act of remembering. As an investigation of Memory, Mnemonic offers us fragments of story in an effort to shine a light on our own path towards finding meaning within the world we perceive of being created in the present moment before us. Then how we remember it and what we do with that memory, is up to us. In this essay, I briefly investigate the composition of the play, as presented in the script, and examine the ways in which the concepts of Memory, Mnemonic, and Home are performed and explored in the play’s narrative. Each one of these subjects had great influence on my process, informing every step of my directing this play. My hope is that this essay will prove useful to anyone interested in studying these elements, Complicite, or Mnemonic.