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Elegy

Nick Payne

Through the beautiful and moving story of three women who’ve made the choice between love and survival, Elegy explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But at what cost?

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£9.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571329991
Date Published
05.05.2016
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Summary

What if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded? Every act of human behaviour catalogued and wholly understood? Elegy imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it’s possible to augment and extend life.

Through the beautiful and moving story of three women who’ve made the choice between love and survival, Elegy explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But at what cost?

Nick Payne’s Elegy premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in April 2016.

Critic Reviews

The complex connections between memory and personal identity that are cruelly exposed in cases of brain damage; the tensions between our intimate experience of self-hood and neuro-scientific explanations of it; the art of helping others to die well. These are the abiding themes of dramatist Nick Payne in works such as the award-winning Constellations and Incognito. He returns to them in Elegy, his brilliant, deeply distressing new piece…this is an emotionally gruelling but richly rewarding 75 minutes.

Independent
Critic Reviews

Payne’s utterly relatable characters make this play about scientific progress an exploration of the very human concepts of love, identity, faith and loss… Payne’s real achievement is to have put flesh on scientific concepts and to have explored the moral dilemmas that lie at the heart of the drama.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

This play goes beyond the personal, helping us all to ponder how science may change our lives and choices in the future. Payne has reached the parts that other plays about science often don’t reach.

The Times
Critic Reviews

Stealthily packs high-impact subject-matter into a light-weight dramatic carry-case.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Payne has carved a niche for himself in dramatic explorations of that knot where mind, brain and identity meet and tangle.

Financial Times
NickPayne

Nick Payne’s plays include If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Bush), One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough), Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead), Wanderlust and Constellations (Royal (Royal Court). He was awarded the 2009 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and was the 2010 Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Bush Theatre.

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