Incognito

by Nick Payne
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The brain builds a narrative to steady us from moment to moment, but it is absolutely an illusion. There is no me, there is no you, and there is certainly no self.

Princeton, New Jersey. 1955. Thomas Stoltz Harvey performs the autopsy of the recently deceased Albert Einstein. And then steals his brain.

Bath, England. 1953. Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery. The surgery changes Henry’s life, and the history of neuroscience, forever.

London, England. Present. Martha is a clinical neuropsychologist. When her marriage breaks down she starts to make some radically different choices.

Three interwoven stories exploring the nature of identity and how we are defined by what we remember, Incognito is a dazzling new play about what it means to be human.

Nick Payne was the winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play for Constellations (Royal Court/West End). His plays also include Olivier Award-nominated The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse), If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet at the Bush Theatre and in New York starring Jake Gyllenhall, and most recently Blurred Lines (NT Shed).

Presented by nabokov, Live Theatre Newcastle, HighTide Festival Theatre in association with The North Wall

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Two years ago, Payne won copious awards for ''Constellations'', to which this new play bears a passing resemblance in its exploration of identity and free will. I happen to think ''Incognito'' is a better play in its formal ingenuity and intellectual adventurousness.
The Guardian
Four astonishingly agile performances, as well as minutely precise direction, ensure that Nick Payne's high octane play hits hard.
Culture Whisper
As with all the best puzzles, we are left with a sense of emotional as well as intellectual fulfilment.
Financial Times
Astonishing and original... Nick Payne's new play confirms him as a rival to Tom Stoppard.
The Telegraph
This is shiningly brilliant, a meditation on neuroscience, memory, deception, heredity and identity: alive with compassion and wonder, streaked with intelligent humour... the cast are remarkable.
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Paul Hickey

Theatre credits include: Children of the Sun, Our Class, The Playboy of the Western World, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (RSC), Fred’s Diner (Chichester), In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Theatre Royal Bath), Bang Bang Bang and O Go My Man (Royal Court Theatre/Out of Joint), Fewer Emergencies and Crazyblackmuthafuckinself (Royal Court Theatre), Faith Healer, (Hong Kong Arts Festival), Ghosts (Arcola Theatre), Wallenstein (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), In A Little World of Our Own and Pentecost (Donmar Warehouse), Dealer’s Choice and My Night With Reg (Birmingham Rep), Protestants (Traverse & Soho Theatre), Fall (Traverse, Edinburgh), Drink Dance Laugh and Lie (Bush Theatre), The Deep Blue Sea (Royal Exchange Manchester), Red Roses and Petrol, Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Ash Fire (Tricycle Theatre), The Plough and The Stars, Aristocrats, The Silver Tassie, Howling Moons Silent Sons (Abbey Theatre, Dublin) Shiver and Spokesong (Rough Magic, Dublin).

Television includes: Dr Who, Whitechapel, Sunshine, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Nuremberg, Friends and Crocodiles, Murder City, Rebel Heart, The Informant, Father Ted, The American.

Film includes: Christina Noble, Wonder, The Matchmaker, Though the Sky Falls, On the Edge, Saving Private Ryan, Moll Flanders, Nora, Spin the Bottle, The General, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Michael Collins, The Organ Grinder’s Monkey, The Devils Harvest.

Amelia Lowdell

Theatre credits include: Purple Heart (Gate Theatre), Choices ‘98, Breath Boom, Oxford Street (Royal Court) and Yard Gal (Royal Court and MCC Theatre, New York), Medea (Headlong), A Bitter Herb (Bristol Old Vic), Not Black and White (Tricycle Theatre), Great Expectations (Royal Exchange) and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Television credits include: Father Brown, Stepping Up, Case Sensitive, Injustice, The Shadow Line, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City, Mit, Silent Witness, Second Quest, Murder in Mind, Peak Practice, Every Woman Knows a Secret and The Vice.

Film and radio credits include: Beginner’s Luck, Essex Boys, Elephant Juice, A Herlot’s Progress, To Swallow, The Tall One, Something Blue, Not My Problem and Essex Girls.

Alison O’Donnell

Alison is currently reprising her leading regular role in the BBC’s Shetland series opposite Douglas Henshall.

Her theatre credits include Boys (Headlong), Yerma (Gate Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre), The Hard Man (Scottish Theatres Consortium), My Romantic History (Bush Theatre/Sheffield Crucible), Eigengrau (Bush Theatre), Dolls (National Theatre of Scotland), Lady Windermere's Fan (Oran Mor), The Assassination of Paris Hilton (Racked), Mad Funny Just (Creased), 1 in 5 (Hampstead Theatre Daring Pairings), Phaedre (Offstage), Barren (Old Vic New Voices - The 24 Hour Plays), The Ghost Sonata (Goat and Monkey) and Broken Road (Hush Productions).

Her television credits include Shetland (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Feel the Force (Catherine Bailey Productions).

Sargon Yelda
Theatre credits include:  Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Dara (National Theatre), Teh Internet is Serious Business (Royal Court), Incognito (HighTide Festival Theatre/ Live Theatre/ Bush Theatre), Moby Dick & The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Simple 8/ Arcola Theatre), The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors (RSC), Emperor  & Galilean (RNT), Mother Courage and Her Children (RNT), When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida), Stovepipe (RNT/Bush Theatre/Hightide) and Salt Meets Wound (Theatre  503). Television includes: Zen (BBC/PBS), Compulsion (Size Nine Films / ITV), Midnight Man (Carnival), Saddam’s Tribe (Worlds Productions). Film and radio includes: Spectre (EON Productions), Dead Cat (Low Fat Films), Looks Who's BackThe Afghan & the Penguin and The Casper Logue Affair (BBC Radio 4).

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19 Nov
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