A requiem for recollection

Posted on behalf of Kerri Smith The best science fiction can predict the science of tomorrow and colour the preoccupations of today. It’s too early to tell whether Nick Payne’s new play, Elegy, will do the former, but it certainly takes a powerful swing at the latter. Payne’s short three-hander, currently at the Donmar Warehouse in London, evokes the challenge of coping with a relative with worsening dementia, a dilemma well-known to many families. The sci-fi twist comes in the form of a new therapy that carries a heavy cost. We meet a couple in their sixties. Lorna (Zoë Wanamaker) has an unnamed disease, which has taken its toll on her mood and memory. She and partner Carrie (Barbara Flynn) have to decide whether to embark on a radical new treatment,…

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