Tuesday, 23 October 2018

New work from Shiplake student

DELVING into her family history, Shiplake College sixth-former Trudi Lister devised this original two-hander and, along with fellow student Tom

DELVING into her family history, Shiplake College sixth-former Trudi Lister devised this original two-hander and, along with fellow student Tom Jones, enthralled the audience.

Trudi’s grandparents Sheena, a Scottish ice-dance champion, and Harold “Cep” Young, a Canadian ice-hockey player, were the inspiration for this play which investigates how humans create and use memory.

Beginning in science documentary mode, Trudi and Tom explored the physiology of memory.

“If you are over 28 then your memory is already declining,” warned Tom.

This deft sub-plot brought humour to the warm love story that underlaid the science, particularly when the despairing Trudi left the stage to grab a drink from the bar. With diagrams on the screen behind them, the presenters explained how every time we remember something our synapses have to recreate the memory. Memories change and develop as well as fade and disappear.

Switching from presenters to the Forties sweethearts, who were local celebrities in Fife, Tom and Trudi acted out the couple’s first meeting. But the intervening decades had embellished Sheena’s romantic memories, and Harold gently amended Sheena’s memories of love at first sight.

After 61 years together Harold and Sheena looked back at the business they started, the house they built and their children and grandchildren.

No doubt the real Harold and Sheena would be very proud of their granddaughter’s creativity.

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