"Mononolgue both educates and entertains"
by Matthew Partridge for remotegoat on 26/03/17

“The Principle of Uncertainty”, written by Andrea Brunello of Cornell University, and both adapted and directed by Stefania Bochicchio, is a monologue play about quantum mechanics, unfilled dreams and loss. Professor Laura Bailey (Abi McLoughlin) is delivering an introductory lecture for a course on elementary quantum mechanics to students at a nameless university. However, as she starts to delve into the principles of quantum science, it gradually becomes apparent that she is hiding a secret, and that her interest in the possibilities opened up by the subject may be as much personal as scientific.

The classroom monologue is an established theatre sub-genre, and in this case it is helped by the fact that it is staged in the intimate Draperhall, which already looks like a lecture theatre. McLoughlin is an excellent actor who seamlessly slips into the role of enthusiastic university lecturer, gently reminding her “students” to switch off her mobile phones and talking about revision for exams. Indeed, her enthusiasm is so infectious that you may be tempted to look at other books and lectures on the subject. The only criticism is that there is probably too much science and too little drama. A few more hints of the protagonists’ vulnerability would have come in useful.

Overall, “The Principle of Uncertainty” is one of those rare plays that both entertains and educates the audience.

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