# mathematics and theatre

It's not often you see a maths professor reduced to zero on stage and then stuffed into a bag. But this is exactly what happened to Marcus du Sautoy at the Science Museum — and by means of a mathematical argument at that. Only du Sautoy wasn't being himself of course. He was playing the role of X in the new play, *X&Y*.

Mathematics and theatre are both imagined things that need to be consistent. So what better way to explore mathematical ideas than through theatre? We talk to Marcus du Sautoy, Victoria Gould and Dermot Keany about their new show, X&Y.

Alan Turing was a mathematician and WWII code breaker who was convicted of homosexuality in the 1950s, chemically castrated as a result, died young in mysterious circumstances and still hasn't received all the recognition

he deserves. His life clearly makes great material for a play — but a musical? We talk to the directors and lead actor of *The Universal Machine*.

*A disappearing number*, a work by Complicite, inspired by the mathematical collaboration of Hardy and Ramanujan.

**Rachel Thomas**went to see the play, and explains some of the maths. You can also read her interview with Victoria Gould about how the show was created.