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A dramatic experiment: science on stage

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

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

Join us for an evening uncovering science-inspired theatre. Our panel will discuss 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. Hear 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, and Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE, broadcaster, writer and science communicator
Chaired by Erica Whyman OBE, Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Tom Morton-Smith | talks | www
Professor John D. Barrow FRS | talks | www
Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE | talks | www
Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr | talks | www
Erica Whyman OBE | talks


Date and Time:

11 May 2015 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
+44 20 74 51 2500

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- Tickets for this event can be purchased from the Royal Shakespeare Company
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- Doors open at 6pm
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- Speech-to-text service provided
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- Impaired mobility spaces. Ticketholders please contact the events team to arrange access

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