We love the intimacy of the Donmar Warehouse and we have been excited about seeing the new Nick Payne play, Elegy, for weeks now. We saw his earlier play, Constellations, at the Royal Court back in 2012 and it was fantastic.
Elegy is a play about the philosophical challenges that facing the partner of a person who has a degenerative brain condition. The partner has to choose between an operation that will preserve physical health but, at the same time, may remove two decades of memory. The play jumps from after the operation to before and back again.
The issues faced are very topical and Zoe Wanamaker, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya all play their parts beautifully. Nick Payne creates some fabulous scenes and marvellous dialogue. However, for us at least, Elegy did not quite hit the high notes of Constellations.