INCOGNITO - knockout success at HighTide and Live

Having opened to national critical acclaim at HighTide last month, we’ve now also completed a fantastic longer run at Live in Newcastle before heading to Oxford this week. So thought it was high time for a quick run-down of what the press have been saying about Incognito so far: “Payne keeps us constantly engaged, both emotionally and intellectually” The Guardian (****)

“Groundbreaking” The Telegraph (****)

“This is shiningly brilliant, a meditation on neuroscience, memory, deception, heredity and identity: alive with compassion and wonder, streaked with intelligent humour” Theatre Cat, Libby Purves (*****)

“Throughout I was engaged by the stories, swept along by the writing and convinced by the performers” What’s On Stage (****)

“We need more playwrights like Nick Payne … An intelligent, ambitious work” The Observer (****)

“an ambitious, era-hopping portrait of neuropsychologists, their patients and personal relationships” The Times (****)

“combines complexity and compelling storytelling to memorable effect.” The Journal, Newcastle (****)

“a kaleidoscope of fast moving action, thoughts, ideas and situations” Remote Goat (****)

“Nothing prepares you for its explosion onto the stage and the alluring flood of ideas that follows a healthy cast of characters, all immaculately played by Sargon Yelda, Amelia Lowdell, Paul Hickey and Alison O’Donnell” What’s Peen Seen (*****)

“Joe Murphy’s impressive production sees a fine cast jumping from character to character and between polarised emotional states with ease” The Stage

“The play can only enhance Nick Payne’s reputation as one of Britain’s best young writers, and that of nabokov and HighTide as innovative producers of new work” In Suffolk

 “a searching meditation on the vital importance memory plays in our lives and also in the construction of our very selves” There Ought To Be Clowns

Not forgetting, of course, more brilliant audience feedback from our Newcastle audiences:

“Amazing performances, great sound design and incredible script! The characters were so compelling and such an interesting concept. So much in there I feel like I might need to see it 7 times to process it all!”

“I was thoroughly entertained throughout. I found it gritty and real, and uniquely abstract.”

“Humour and reflection acted with aplomb. Superb.”

“Loved how real it all felt.”

“Absolutely amazing. Raised interesting and difficult ideas without simplifying or trying to present an answer. Great acting, so many compelling characters in a short space of time.”

You can catch us at The North Wall, Oxford, from tonight to 10th May, and then at the Bush in London from the 14th May – 21st June.  We hope to see you soon!

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INCOGNITO wows Newcastle, now Halesworth

Last week we were thrilled to see our world premiere of INCOGNITO by Nick Payne (co-produced with Live Theatre Newcastle and HighTide Festival Theatre) have its first previews in Newcastle. Audiences were bowled over by this subtle, complex and thought-provoking exploration of neuroscience and human nature. Just a selection of audience comments: “Very smart, very slick piece of new writing, excellent fusion of several narratives with outstanding performances from highly skilled actors.”

“An intriguing and intellectually satisfying play, beautifully acted... “

“Mind blowing concept

“Powerful performance dealing with a multitude of issues from mental health, to loss and ambition. Strong cast delivered the piece with conviction and power. “

“Brilliant! Amazing versatility in the performances. “

“Interesting and thought provoking play, sensationally presented.”

“I feel like I've been through 10 rounds with a heavy weight - In the best possible way! It touched me in so many ways. A profound and moving work on our humanity and the wonder of existence.”

Now we've decamped to the HighTide festival in Halesworth, where we open tonight (10th April) and run to 19th April. After that, it's back up to Newcastle for a longer run at Live, followed by a week at the North Wall in Oxford 6-10 May and then 6 weeks at the Bush in London from 14th May. Wherever you can catch the show, we look forward to seeing you there.

For more insights - take a look at rehearsal photos here; the tantalising teaser trailer here; a video interview with director Joe Murphy here; and a blog post from writer Nick Payne here.