Lost In The Neuron Forest


A story about memory and how it defines us, and an exploration into what becomes of us when our memories are gone.

Funfairs, frolics and sea air: but the memories are fading fast. As her memories begin to fade away completely, Edna struggles to her retain her sense of self amongst her lost and fragmented visions of the past. What begins as an interactive lecture on the science of the brain becomes a personal story of one woman’s struggle to hold onto who she is. Join Edna on a journey of re-discovery through the stories of her past, navigating the depths of the neuron forest following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

This production was developed through the Wales Millennium Centre Incubator scheme in March 2013. An early version was performed at Camden Peoples’ Theatre and the World Stage Design Festival in 2013. The full production toured England & Wales in Autumn 2014, generously supported by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council Wales, and with special thanks to Professor Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of the Elderly at Bangor University. We also worked with students from Lewisham & Southwark College through a series of workshops.

Writer & Director: Kate Lovell

Developed with performers: Nigel Barrett, Alison Mead, John Rayment & Mary Benn

Design & Scenography: Alison Neighbour

Sound & Music: Jon Mcleod

Movement: Cai Tomos

Science consultants: Simon Watt, Prof. Bob Woods, Dr. Elisa Aguirre

Produced for Bread & Goose

Southwark Playhouse: 10th – 11th October 2014

Canterbury Christchurch: 15th October 2014

Pontio Bangor: 18th October 2014

Wales Millennium Centre: 21st October 2014

Memo Arts Centre: 22nd October 2014

The Riverfront: 23rd October 2014

Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 24th October 2014

Slung Low’s Hub Leeds: 26th October 2014

Camden People’s Theatre: 30th October – 1st November 2014