IMAGINE waking up with no memory of the past 11 years.

That is the conceit of Peter Quilter’s 4000 Days, originally performed with Alistair McGowan in the lead and now brought to Bournemouth as part of the London Repertory Players’ season of five shows.

The play was first produced in 2016 – the year when the world changed in some surprising ways – and this production brings the setting up to date, making it even more potent. Someone waking up with an 11-year memory gap might be mystified as to how the world went from Barack Obama to Donald Trump and from Gordon Brown to Boris Johnson.

But while a short sequence of video clips addresses these world events, this is a small-scale play that confronts us with some fascinating and poignant human questions.

Michael (Al Wadlan) is the former artist who regains consciousness after an accident, with no knowledge of his partner Paul (Adam Trembath) and the life they have shared together. He does, however, remember his mother Carol (Claire Fisher), who never approved of his partner and is content to see Michael’s memory reset.

What would happen if any of us became, essentially, the person we were a decade ago? What would our younger self make of the relationships we have formed and the ambitions we have let fall by the wayside? And what new choices might we make when forced to re-evaluate life?

The play artfully explores these questions as the characters adjust and readjust to their changed reality. It’s never less than compelling, thanks in large part to its trio of performers.

This may be the least-known of the plays the London Repertory Players are bringing to Bournemouth this summer, but it is definitely one to see.

• 4000 Days runs until Tuesday, with Noel Coward’s Private Lives opening next Thursday