When: 27th July 2011 at 8pm
Where: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA
What is it?
Analogue, in co-production with Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich present their Edinburgh Preview, 2401 Objects. Written by Hannah Barker, Liam Jarvis and Lewis Hetherington, and inspired by the world’s most importance neuroscientific case-study, 2401 Objects tells the remarkable story of a man who could no longer remember but who has proved impossible to forget.
In 1953, a patient underwent experimental brain surgery that left him with severe retrograde and anterograde memory impairment – he lost the last two years of his life, and the ability to form new memories. On the 2nd December 2009, scientists dissected this brain, fundamentally changing our understanding of how memory works. The procedure was streamed live on the internet to a global audience of 400,000 people. The brain belonged to a man called Henry Molaison (H.M.), an amnesiac who lived his life eternally in the present. Henry’s brain now exists in 2401, seventy-micron-thin slices; manuscripts of tissue.
Inspired by this groundbreaking case study, 2401 Objects is an ambitious new theatre show by Analogue about how memory shapes our understanding of who we are; what does it mean to be sentenced to a life in endless cycles? What would you lose if the last two years vanished, and how would this impact on those who are unfortunate enough to remember?
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