|Rehearsals: Frank (foreground) watching Tamsin (right, in the raincoat) |
and crew working out their movements for one of the final scenes.
It was most gratifying, and somewhat scary, to learn from a volunteer steward that tickets had been sold to all the seats in the room. Thankfully, the performance itself seemed, to me, to go reasonably well; later feedback was positive – phew! This was an opinion not shared by everyone, sadly: one individual left after less than five minutes, telling me as he did so that he found the performance to be devoid of science. However, I discovered afterwards from my wife, who was sat next to him, that he’d been disappointed by an earlier performance as well – and in that case the speaker was one of the ‘greats’ and a truly accomplished communicator; I guess there’s no pleasing some people. As with the version we premiered at the Canterbury Festival in 2014, the performance ended with about 15 minutes of Q&A fielded by me. It was an interesting session, notably because several of the questions were not about Chaos Theory at all (such as the one on ‘Intelligent Design’ and another on parallel universes). However, the really nice thing was the fact that questions came from a wide range of people: the young and the not-so-young, people who knew a little about science and those who were there to learn, and men and women in roughly equal number.
|The Q&A session; an example of the flipchart artwork sits in the background.|