11-27 October, Sydney
Venue: Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre
‘I wanted to reach into the rib cage of space and time and pull out not one but two beating hearts. One in each hand. And I’ve never wanted anything like that before.’
A world premiere, Ear to the Edge of Time is the product of an extraordinary odyssey of discovery and exploration for one of Australia’s great contemporary playwrights, Alana Valentine.
Inspired by true events and interviews with astrophysicists and astronomers all over the world, Valentine has written a captivating drama about a young radio astronomer who makes a universe-shifting discovery, only for her work to be taken over by her older, male, supervisor. As she wrestles with her frustration and the potential consequences of speaking out, the decision about whether to go public is taken out of her hands when a poet publishes a contentious verse about her work.
Even to the least scientific, the physics in the play is accessible, fascinating and provocative, opening a window into the world of space and time as a metaphor for the relationship of art and science.
With a stellar cast of Belinda Giblin, Gabrielle Scawthorn, Christopher Stollery and Tim Walter, and directed by the internationally acclaimed Nadia Tass, Ear to the Edge of Time is potently topical in its observation of the scientific community, and completely timeless in its exploration of the mysteries of the universe.
WHO IT’S FOR
Lovers of prestige television drama will love the stellar performances, tight script and compelling plot of Ear to the Edge of Time. The play will be especially provocative for women working in male dominated fields, women who are passionate about gender equality, and men who want a greater understanding of women’s experiences.
School Bookings $26
Sydney Ideas presents Is Art More Truthful Than Science? Forum following on from the Tuesday 16 October performance. Forum features:
- Alana Valentine, writer of Ear to the Edge of Time
- Geraint Lewis, Professor Astrophysics
- Zdenka Kunic, Professor Astrophysics & A.I
- Tara Murphy, astrophysicist
- Tricia Dearborn, poet