“That’s why I’m Forrest Gump and you’re the Wizard of fucking Oz.”
Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life.
Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.
When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.
Lucy Kirkwood's wildly ambitious play is a brilliantly funny and occasionally brutal exploration of the workings of the universe and our place within it and what it means to be a sister, a mother and a daughter.
With its strong debate about the merits of vaccination and the limitations of science, this production - the play's first UK revival since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2017 - will offer a particular resonance in the context of the global pandemic.
Since her debut in 2008, Lucy Kirkwood has firmly established herself as a leading playwright of her generation, the writer of a series of savagely funny, highly intelligent and beautifully observed plays that tackle the pressing issues of our times including Chimerica, The Children and The Welkin.
OVO's Artistic Director Adam Nichols directs, following his critically acclaimed recent productions of other modern works including The Ladykillers, Contractions and The 39 Steps.
★★★★ “This imaginative interpretation is as clever as it is witty and as moving as it is original… A tour de force.” The Stage on The 39 Steps
Running time 2 hours 45 minutes including an interval of 15 minutes.