19:45, Tue 4th – Sat 8th March 2003 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 7
Copenhagen. 1941. A meeting between a man working for the German Government and his old friend who just happens to be half-Jewish. Complicated enough, but what if the men are Werner Heisenberg, head of the Nazi atomic fission program, and Niels Bohr, his former mentor and supervisor living in occupied Denmark? Then the very course of history lies in the balance.
Michael Frayn's play examines the consequences - both real and potential - of this critical meeting. After the war, neither could agree what had occurred, or even why the meeting had happened at all. They reunite on the stage for one more attempt at understanding. In the hands of a master playwright, the physics they created, with the principle of uncertainty at its heart, is a powerful metaphor for what happens when human beings are placed under the extreme pressures of war.