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Forgetting Heledd: meditative rage

This article was commissioned by The Upcoming, where it appeared for the first time.
There are many elements of her late-teen life that scare and excite Heledd at the same time. The turning point comes with her mother’s diagnosis of dementia. The degenerative disease casts a coercive shadow of doom and bitterness over both the present and near future of the girl, whose family, at the moment of the medical verdict, seems to have been forgotten by the public services and the government. That is until a sort of vague new beginning arrives in the form of a charity and Heledd’s life-changing accident.
The stage is simply scattered with photographs, upside down on the floor or hanging against the wall, representing memories lost and put on display. The script doesn’t reveal anything excessively disruptive. It flows – mostly thanks to a well-sustained rhythm – but there are times where it feels a bit like a teenager’s vent in the body of a fully grown adult. However, the show is a sturdy sin…

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