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Gone But Not Forgotten
Published on Thursday, 10 May 2012

3 stars

1 Shakespeare Street
5-7, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 May, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Reviewed by Naomi Dixon

 Suitable for age 15+ only.
 Warning: Contains strong language.

Gone But Not Forgotten is an intense and powerful drama, devised by locally-based Wired Theatre. The performance is set in a fully-furnished house in Poets’ Corner, and focuses on the issues of age, relationships and memories.  The drama itself deals with difficult and often uncomfortable concepts – ones we all grapple with either day to day or at least, at some point in our lives.

The idea of setting the play in a small house, following the personal memories of those that reside there, is an excellent one and I found it worked extremely well.  With a small cast of only five performers, there’s time to become emotionally connected with each character, and the actors themselves each gave flawless performances.

Yet despite the fine acting displayed in Gone But Not Forgotten, the play often lost its way, and some aspects of the plot became convoluted and difficult to follow.  While dealing with extremely personal topics, there were elements to the production which seemed out of place, and at times crude or even grotesque. These scenes may be intended as comic or darkly humorous, but I found they added little to the actual plot.

What’s more, while the overall performance was gripping and very entertaining, I found the ending of left me feeling unsatisfied and confused.

Gone But Not Forgotten is a thought-provoking and at times harrowing play, with an unusual twist. I would recommend it – but it’s important to note, in doing so, that this is a very adult piece, which may become uncomfortable and at times disconcerting to a bashful audience.

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