The Science Museum presents Twin Primes Theatre Company's production of X&Y
Manchester Science Festival, MOSI
13.00 & 19.00, 30 October – 3 November (no 13.00 show on 31 October).
What is the shape of the universe? Is it finite or infinite? Does it have an edge?
In their new show X&Y Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use mathematics, humour and theatre to navigate the known and unknown reaches of our world.
Through a series of surreal episodes, X and Y, trapped in a universe they don’t understand and confronted for the first time with another human being, tackle some of the biggest philosophical and scientific questions on the books: where did the universe come from, does time have an end, is there something on the other side?
Marcus and Victoria met while working on A Disappearing Number, Complicite’s multi award-winning play about mathematics. X&Y has developed from that collaboration and pursues many of the questions at the heart of A Disappearing Number.
Based on an idea developed with Complicite.
Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is the author of three books and has presented numerous radio and TV series. In 2009 Marcus was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science, and in 2010 he received an OBE for services to science.
Actress and mathematician Victoria Gould studied Physics at the University of Manchester and Applicable Mathematics at Cranfield University. Her work for Complicite includes Endgame, A Disappearing Number, Shun-kin and The Elephant Vanishes.
That it manages to be challenging, innovative, educational, amusing and entertaining, all at the same time, is certainly a testament to their talent, commitment and intelligence.’
‘The #XandYshow @sciencemuseum a very cool combination of maths, physics & theatre. Emotive and thought-provoking. Loved. #scienceiscool’ (Victoria Sadler, Huffington Post)
‘Bravo to @MarcusduSautoy! A natural on the stage! Fantastic performance at the preview of #XandYshow at the @sciencemuseum. Much enjoyed.’ (Alex Bellos, Mathematician)
Image credits include: © Sarah Ainslie and © Benjamin Ealovega