Nick Payne

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Producer HighTide/nabokov/Live Theatre Newcastle in association with the North Wall Starring
  • Paul Hickey
  • Amelia Lowdell
  • Alison O'Donnell
  • Sargon Yelda
    The Bush

    Drama following three interwoven stories, exploring the nature of identity and memory. 

    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.

    Incognito premiered at HighTide Festival in April 2014 before opening at the Bush Theatre in May 2014.


    a superb dissection of memory and identity... with the same stylish skill as his award-winning Constellations Honour Bayes
    The Stage

    Payne keeps us constantly engaged, both emotionally and intellectually... Incognito requires fierce concentration, and would repay a second viewing Michael Billington
    The Guardian

    an ambitious, era-hopping portrait of neuropsychologists, their patients and personal relationships Kate Bassett
    The Times
    Full Review

    [Incognito]combines complexity and compelling storytelling to memorable effect. Sam Wonfor
    The Journal

    This is shiningly brilliant, a meditation on neuroscience, memory, deception, heredity and identity: alive with compassion and wonder, streaked with intelligent humour. Libby Purves
    Theatre Cat

    [Nick Payne] is that rare thing: a writer whose substantial ambitions are matched by an acute understanding of the way people actually behave. Laura Barnett
    The Guardian

    Incognito, Bush Theatre, London – review
    "as with all the best puzzles, we are left with a sense of emotional as well as intellectual fulfilment." Ian Shuttleworth
    Financial Times
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    "The polar opposite of this figure was Solomon Shereshevsky, the celebrated Russian mnemonist whose life was wrecked by his inability to forget anything. Peter Brook made a powerful theatre piece about the latter in Je suis un phenomene. Incognito stands honourably in that tradition."
    The Independent

    "[Incognito] is written with much wit and tenderness, deftly directed by Joe Murphy, and there are beautiful performances from the four-strong cast who play all the roles" Andrzej Lukowski
    Time Out

    "Nick Payne’s play the kind of exciting new play you wait a long time for." Edward Lukes
    The London Magazine

    "an intelligent and logical puzzle, while naturalism and a talent for dialogue give a great deal of laughter along the way." Eleanor MacFarlane
    The Upcoming

    "Nick Payne's new play confirms him as a rival to Tom Stoppard"

    Charles Spencer
    The Daily Telegraph

    "this mature, beautifully intricate piece has plenty of heart" Tom Wicker
    Exeunt Magazine

    Off-Broadway Getting a New Play by Constellations Author

    Just days after the closing of its sold-out Broadway hit Constellations, Manhattan Theatre Club announced it will present the American premiere of the same author’s Incognito Off-Broadway next season

    Robert Viagas
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