Maths is being brought to life for teenagers in a series of lecture shows on 25, 29 and 30 November 2016 at London’s Gielgud Theatre, using the set of The National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book.
The shows are being produced by Maths Inspiration, who run maths lecture shows for 14-17 year olds across the country.
The interactive and entertaining maths shows are entitled The Curious Coincidence of Maths in the Day-Time, and will explore some of the many maths ideas that are touched on in Mark Haddon’s best-selling book. The shows will also explain some of the maths that was used to design the set and compose the music of the award-winning West End show.
The Curious Coincidence shows will feature four of the UK’s top maths presenters, the BBC’s Dr Hannah Fry; stand-up mathematician Matt Parker; maths-musician Ben Sparks and the Director of Maths Inspiration Rob Eastaway.
“Rob Eastaway commented: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now a set text on the GCSE English Literature syllabus. The book and the play are also full of maths, so this is a perfect opportunity to make connections between English, Maths and Drama, and to give teenagers new insights into the book, as well as revealing some beautiful aspects of mathematics that they may never have encountered before.”
Actors Joseph Ayre and Thomas Dennis, who are currently playing the central role of Christopher Boone in the Gielgud production of the play, will also be appearing in the Curious Coincidence maths shows.
Bunny Christie, who designed the set for the Curious Incident said: “When it comes to design and theatre and film production, the UK is a world leader. Teenagers are often unaware that this creative profession is actually highly dependent on maths and other technical skills. This maths show is a perfect way to introduce them to this essential aspect of theatre.”
There are shows for 15-17 year olds on 25th November, and for 13-15 year olds on 29th and 30th November. More information on the shows, including booking details, can be found at www.MathsInspiration.com
Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg