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| On 11, Jun 2014

The Queensland University of Technology’s final year acting students illustrated ‘out of the box’ thinking as they performed a fascinating interpretation of ‘Mnemonic‘ by Complicite.

The performance opened as two students spoke of synaptic connections within the brain and the science behind stored memories.

QUT's Mnemonic. Image by Fiona Cullens.


The narrators utilised effective audience interaction in order to hold the crowds full attention and provoke personal memories and visions of the spectators’ own families.

In addition to strobe lighting and smoke effects, humour was used to introduce the remainder of the cast and reveal two parallel stories.

Using a fragmented narrative, the first tale focused on the distress of both the loss and discovery of loved ones. Meanwhile, the second tale explored the discovery of a 5,000-year-old frozen corpse.

QUT's Mnemonic. Image by Fiona Cullens.


The hardworking-acting students took the audience on a journey of the past and the present while drawing connections between the parallel stories. Memory, imagination and recapturing the past became recurrent themes throughout the performance.

The students delved further than conventional theatre with innovative thinking, making Mnemonic a unique and entertaining experience.


The details:

What: Mnemonic

Where: The Loft, Kelvin Grove, Queensland University of Technology

When: 5 to 14 June 2014

How Much: $12.00 to $20.00