The word anamnesis refers to recollection, especially of a supposed previous existence, such as past lives. Memory then, becomes the central focus of this new play by Cheryl Charli Tan, with ANAMNESIS, as a couple grapples with their relationship with each other and their loved ones.
Directed by Isaiah Christopher Lee, ANAMNESIS derives its name from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, and stars both Cheryl and Izzul Irfan as an estranged couple. Over the course of the play, the two navigate different waves of loss in their family, as they replay their lived experiences and the afterlife of their children. By the end of the play, they must uncover the importance of holding onto each other in order to heal and progress from their traumatic history.
Paying homage to love and its resilience, and how it relates to the presence and absence of memory, both characters are set to face the adversities of the human condition, as they go through extreme change and transition, and perhaps, precludes a psychological disaster. Can love survive all this trauma? Or will it be left as a faint memory of the past at the end of it all? Find out, as ANAMNESIS premieres this July.
ANAMNESIS plays from 31st July to 3rd August 2021 at the Aliwal Arts Centre Multipurpose Hall. Tickets available from Eventbrite