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Atomic Nordic Noir


Intense rehearsals are underway for performances of Michael Frayn’s celebrated play, Copenhagen, by students at King’s College London.   The play concerns a famous meeting between atomic physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr in Copenhagen during World War II, and deals with topics such as quantum physics, the nature of memory, and the responsibility of nuclear scientists for the atom bomb.   This production is an initiative of three King’s students, William Nash (Producer), Alister MacQuarrie (Director) and Aja Garrod-Prance (Producer).  They held open auditions last November for the parts and after auditions and call-backs selected three students for the play:  Ria Abbott, Fred Fullerton and Thomas Marsh.  Rehearsals began when term resumed last month.

The performances of the play will be on the evenings of Friday 14, Saturday 15, and Sunday 16 March 2014, in the Old Anatomy Museum of King’s Building at King’s College London, on Strand.   A panel discussion about the historic and scientific issues raised by the play will be held around the same time as these performances, with speakers from the Physics Department and the Department of War Studies.     Members of the public are very welcome to attend the performances and the panel discussion.

This production is proudly supported by the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and the Departments of Physics and Informatics at King’s College London.

In the meantime, if you would like to see some very professional theatre from the talented people at King’s, hot-foot it to the Greenwood Theatre on Guys’ Campus of King’s this week, where William Nash is directing a production of Romeo and Juliet.   (Wednesday 5, Thursday 6, and Friday 7 February 2014, at 7.45 pm).   People who have managed to sneak past the tight security into rehearsals tell me that the production is funny, exciting, and very definitely noir.

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