Exploration of the onset of dementia by Anne Devlin.
Alarming lapses of memory lead to Bee losing her home and career.
She returns home to her family and ageing mother, increasingly isolated and frustrated with herself.
Then she meets a strange creature in the park who calls himself The Forgotten.
Can he help her?
other parts played by Kieran Lagan and peter ballance.
directed by Heather Larmour.
exploration of the onset of dementia by Anne Devlin
bee has been suffering alarming lapses of memory, losing time and numbers, and is forced to return home to live with her mother may and niece thea. desperate to understand bee and what is happening to her may and thea begin reading bee's private notebooks, while bee becomes increasingly frustrated with her inability to function in the world. there is something important she has forgotten.
and then one day, in the park, she meets a rather odd creature, known only as the forgotten. a mysterious being, he declares to bee that he is all the things she has forgotten, the memories and experiences she tries to piece together in understanding what is happening to her.
taking her on a journey through her disparate memories we travel into bee's increasingly isolated and solitary world, to explore where the mind might go when enslaved by a dementia that will not let it function meaningfully with the world, and to discover what secret it is that bee has 'forgotten'.
anne devlin is an award-winning dramatist and screen writer. her film and tv credits include 'vigo', 'titanic town', 'the venus de milo instead' 'naming the names' and dramatisations of 'wuthering heights' and 'the rainbow', while her stage plays include 'after easter', 'heartlanders' and 'ourselves alone'. anne adapted some of her screenplays for radio 'after easter' (1997), 'naming the names' (1986) and 'the long march' (1986).
all other parts were performed by members of the cast.
'the forgotten' was written by anne devlin and directed in belfast by Heather Larmour
A young girl emerges from a forest after a nameless war, knowing nothing of where she has come from or where she has been. She finds the local doctor, Charonne, trapped in the briar. After she has freed him he takes her back to his village where she lives in secret in his house. But she has been spotted by the villagers who wish to call Charonne to account for his conduct in the war.
As the pressure on Charonne mounts he disappears into a familiar story in which the young girl takes a leading role. Questions of guilt, memory and responsibility are all raised in The Forgotten, Hattie Naylor's dark retelling of the story of The Sleeping Beauty.
The play stars Tim McMullan as Charonne, Ruth Mitchell as Sylvanne and Laura Greenwood as Ireena.
Ireena and Rosa....Laura Greenwood
Young Charonne....Harry McEntire
Writer: Hattie Naylor
Director: Paul Dodgson
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.