An examination of what it means to be human
Incognito is a show which seeks to examine the creation of behavioural traits and what makes a person.
The story follows 3 interwoven stories, spanning across decades and happening on both sides of the atlantic. The plot focused around the obsession and dissection of Albert Einstein’s brain, although this served only to develop the sub-plot of examining the obsession of life, and the motivators that allow us to function.
This show was heavy. It covered a lot of very intense philosophical subjects, allowing them to penetrate your very soul by first cracking it open with exceptional and emotional acting.
You could feel the increased pace as the show progressed, meetings and discussions becoming more frantic and emotionally charged. This came at the cost of becoming somewhat difficult to follow, scene changes blurring and accents being the only thing to distinguish them.
Littered throughout were comedic moments. While somewhat out of place I was grateful for their inclusion, this play would have been dry beyond comprehension otherwise. The combination of pace and subjects broached left me emotionally and physically drained. It required more attention than I was able to offer unfortunately, which is a shame as I expect it was attempting something great.
This show was performed at the Rifle Hall, written by Nick Payne and Directed by Joe Murphy.
Incognito will transfer to the North Wall, Oxford, 6 – 10 May, and then the Bush Theatre, London May 14 – June 21.