For Day 24 of 29 Plays Later we were challenged to write around themes of memory.
Tennessee Williams invented the term “memory play” to describe The Glass Menagerie and it has since been used to describe plays like Pinter’s Old Times and Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. In such plays “the scene is memory and is therefore non-realistic” though the primary mode is realistic. I’d call Conor McPherson’s The Weir a memory play. It’s a ghost story. It’s several ghost stories, but it never leaves the pub. Spooky!
Day 24 – The Antic Notion – A densely nineteenth-century gothic ghost story with several narrative layers and a circular structure. The rich language is drawn from Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks, and the effect is reminiscent of Joyce in eyeliner or Ligotti‘s weird fiction.
24_-_THE_ANTIC_NOTION_-_AJ_DEHANY (pdf, 7pp, 2 actors)
POSTSCRIPT: This play has been adapted for film by experimental video artist Duncan Ward. Watch online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aajctX_y6Ok