Acclaimed classical actor Edward Petherbridge was rehearsing for the role of King Lear when a major stroke left him barely able to move. In the space of 24 hours, he had gone from knowing one of the greatest parts in Western drama, to not even being able to move his thumb and index finger together. As he struggled to recover he made a startling discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind.

My Perfect Mind blurs events from a life-changing chapter in Edward’s life with moments from King Lear in a moving and comic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit.



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