Written by: Benjamin Tan
The Nature of Forgetting is literally the best performance I have seen in my entire life. It was phenomenal. No words can describe how stupendous this performance is. But here is the best I can describe the entire performance in words.
In the beginning, the father was being reminded by the daughter to wear his purple coat with the red tie at the left side of the pocket. As the father approaches his wardrobe, his memory starts to get distorted. This was done by the amazing audio where it was distorted and was blurred by the daughter’s words.
The father started to take many other clothes and each clothes brought a certain past memory of the father’s life. This was displayed by the different clothing that was used in each scene. Some examples will be back in the days where he was in high school as a student. The clothing was the high school uniform. As the memory progress, the clothing switch to the academical dress which was his graduation days and it switch to the father holding the long stick which signifies him being a high school teacher and the tuxedo that represents the wedding with his wife to be.
One thing that I really amazed is how all the father’s clothing was extremely similar but just adding an extra prop such as the stick and the flowers could change the entire outfit.
Apart from the clothing, the music! Oh, my goodness, the music was FANTASTIC. Firstly, it was only a 2-person live band. The instruments consist of just the drums, keyboard, and a violin. Just 3 instruments added so many dynamics and colors to the entire performance. How it transits from memory to present was when they use a synthesizer of the keyboard to make those whiny sounds from soft to loud and at its climax, the band will stop playing and the father is back to the present.
Unfortunately, I did not attend the performance for Home. Hence, I will focus on discussing the Nature of Forgetting.
Some of the distinctive ways the production represents the life event were how at the beginning, there is not much dialogue, and this puzzles the audience to want to know what is going on. This makes the audience want to lean in and focus on the entire performance to find out what is the whole performance about.
One of the most puzzling scenes was how the father was chasing after his wife to be and each scene from the cycling, the graduation and the wedding it all ends up with the both of them sitting to next each other and his wife to be is avoiding him and then there is a loud honk which brings the father back to the present. Only at the fourth repetition, I finally understood that scene which was his wife pass away due to a traffic accident and that accident could have been how the father got his dementia.
My favorite scene was the ending scene. All his cherished memories came to life where his best friend, mother, and daughter came to celebrate his birthday. The favorite part of the scene was when all the lights slowly dimmed off and all that was left was the birthday candles and the father blew the candles away. What a remarkable way to end the performance.
Overall, I will give the play 10/10! Definitely recommend everyone to go and watch the play!