HighTide, nabokov, Live Theatre Newcastle and in association with The North Wall present the world premiere of Incognito by Nick Payne.

‘The brain builds a narrative to steady us from moment to moment, but it is absolutely an illusion. There is no me, there is no you, and there is certainly no self.’

Princeton, New Jersey. 1955. Thomas Stoltz Harvey performs the autopsy of the recently deceased Albert Einstein. And then steals his brain.

Bath, England. 1953. Henry undergoes pioneering brain surgery. The surgery changes Henry’s life, and the history of neuroscience, forever.

London, England. Present. Martha is a clinical neuropsychologist. When her marriage breaks down she starts to make some radically different choices.

Three interwoven stories exploring the nature of identity and how we are defined by what we remember, Incognito is a dazzling new play about what it means to be human.

As with all the best puzzles, we are left with a sense of emotional as well as intellectual fulfilment.

Financial Times

Cast & Creatives

  • Paul Hickey
  • Amelia Lowdell
  • Alison O’Donnell Brenda
  • Sargon Yelda Mark
  • Nick Payne Writer
  • Joe Murphy Director
  • Paul Jellis Festival Producer

    Paul Jellis is an award-winning independent theatre and events producer. His work encompasses new writing, multidisciplinary performance, interactive theatre and immersive experiences. He has worked with leading theatres across the UK including the Young Vic, Old Vic, Lyric Hammersmith, Sheffield Theatres and Birmingham Rep, and internationally in New York and Bangalore. His production of Barbarians at the Young Vic was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. He has also developed and produced experiential events with global brands including Ray Ban, Courvoisier and PlayStation.

  • Oliver Townsend Design
  • Tim Deiling Lighting
  • Isobel Waller-Bridge Composer and Sound
  • Hayley Kaimakliotis Casting