19:45, Tue 6th – Sat 10th March 2007 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 7
In 1941, the fathers of quantum mechanics and, consequently, the atomic bomb, met in Copenhagen.
Niels Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, in Nazi-occupied Denmark, entertain their old friend and colleague Werner Heisenberg, who is heading the Nazi nuclear program.
Now they are "dead and gone", they attempt to piece together that fateful evening, to make history certain, and to work out exactly why that meeting ended the two scientists' friendship - the friendship that discovered quantum mechanics and put human subjectivity back at the centre of the universe – the friendship that raised the awful spectre of nuclear annihilation.
Humanity was "Preserved, just possibly, by that one short moment in Copenhagen. By some event that will never quite be located or defined. By that final core of uncertainty at the heart of things."
Michael Frayn’s enthralling drama portrays the human faces behind quantum theory and the development of the nuclear bomb. History, ethics and science fuse and ask: can anything ever be certain?