## Mathematical theatre at the Science Museum: X&Y

Submitted by Marianne on September 4, 2013

What is the shape of the Universe? Is it finite or infinite? Does it have an edge?

In their new show X&Y Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use mathematics and the theatre to navigate the known and unknown reaches of our world.

Through a series of surreal episodes, X and Y, trapped in a Universe they don't understand and confronted for the first time with another human being, tackle some of the biggest philosophical and scientific questions on the books: where did the Universe come from, does time have an end, is there something on the other side, do we have free will, can we ever prove anything about our Universe for sure or is there always room for another surprise?

Marcus and Victoria met while working on *A disappearing number*, Complicite's multi award-winning play about mathematics. X&Y has developed from that collaboration and pursues many of the questions at the heart of *A disappearing number. *

X&Y is on at the Science Museum in London 10 - 16 October 2013. Click here to book tickets.

You can read about *A disappearing number*, an interview with Victoria Gould and several articles by Marcus du Sautoy on *Plus*.