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A dramatic experiment: science on stage


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18:30 - 20:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


A Royal Shakespeare Company event, in partnership with the Royal Society

Oppenheimer production photos 2014: Photo by Keith Pattison c RSCRsC

Why does the story of a scientist, or topic of science itself, make for a compelling theatrical production?

Our panel discussed why science stories continue to attract and intrigue writers and directors, and the claim that such plays oversimplify scientific theory in the pursuit of an accessible and dramatic narrative. We heard from Tom Morton-Smith, writer of the critically acclaimed RSC production Oppenheimer, Professor John D. Barrow FRS, a cosmologist and playwright, Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, a scholar of science in the theatre, Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE, broadcaster, writer and science communicator.

Chaired by Erica Whyman OBE, Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

A dramatic experiment: science on stage The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK