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Mnemonic

conceived by Simon McBurney
a co-production with Complicité

Artwork with two superimposed images, one of a very blurred human face over which is a translucent image of a leaf. On top of these is a meandering line in blue, red and blue again, that could be a river, or capilliaries.

Booking and details

Until 10 August 2024
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The event location is

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

The event duration is Approx 2 hours with no interval

Please note: When seated  please turn off or silence your mobile phone and place it in the bag provided. Photography and filming are strictly prohibited. Phone use is permitted in case of emergency.

mnemonic / ni’monik / adj. 1. assisting or intended to assist memory; 2. of memory

A body is found in the ice, and a woman is looking for her father while a man searches for his lost lover.

This story is as much about origins as it is about memory, and remembering what is lost. Mnemonic asks: what is our place in the natural world? How have human relationships with the environment shaped patterns of migration? Who are we, and where do we come from?

25 years after its first staging, Complicité’s ‘Astonishing, transfixing, transcendent’ (New York Times) production returns to the National Theatre. Simon McBurney (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead) directs.

★★★★★
‘I shall remember Mnemonic all my life’
Guardian

Originally co-produced by the Salzburg Festival

This production is supported by the Mirisch and Lebenheim Charitable Foundation.

 

Suitability

For ages 14+

Please note: This production contains strong language, haze, periods of darkness, flashing lights, loud music / sounds, prolonged periods of nudity / nakedness. This production also features depictions of violence and death, and images of human remains.

Watch from the rehearsal room

A man in casual attire is depicted in three different poses within a studio setting with a white brick wall and wooden floor. One figure is sitting on a bench, looking forward. Another is leaning forward as if walking, and the third is casually seated on the bench.
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Cast includes

Production team

Director

Simon McBurney

Simon McBurney

Set Designer

Michael Levine

Michael Levine

Costume Designer

Christina Cunningham

Christina Cunningham

Lighting Designer

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Sound Designer

Christopher Shutt

Christopher Shutt

Video Designer

Roland Horvath for rocafilm

Roland Horvath for rocafilm

Casting Director

Alastair Coomer CDG

Alastair Coomer CDG

Vocal Arranger and Singing Coach

Osnat Schmool

Osnat Schmool

Dramatherapist

Samantha Adams

Samantha Adams

Intimacy Coordinator

Elle McAlpine for EK Intimacy

Elle McAlpine for EK Intimacy

Dialect Coach

Rebecca Clark Carey

Rebecca Clark Carey

Associate Director

Christina Deinsberger

Christina Deinsberger

Associate Set Designer

Peter Butler

Peter Butler

Associate Video Designer

Hayley Egan

Hayley Egan

Originally devised by the company

Ticket prices

Monday – Saturday evenings and matinees:
£20, £34, £49, £69, £89

Previews 22 – 28 June:
£20, £26, £35, £49, £64

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Tue 23 Jul, Thu 25 Jul, Thu 1 Aug and Tue 6 Aug.

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Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances

Captioned

BSL Interpreted

Audio described

Chilled performance

No Relaxed performance available.

The interpreter for the BSL performance will be Peter Abraham (via Theatresign).

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, which starts 90 minutes before the performance. If you would like to join a Touch Tour, please call the Access line at 020 7452 3961. The tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our Access scheme and if any of the assisted performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to view all available tickets, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961

Smart caption glasses

Will not be available for performances of Mnemonic.

 

 

Mnemonic (2024) Composite images from Avinash Kumar and Plainpicture / Millennium / Alicja Brodowicz.