X&Y on World at One

February 15, 2016

When we staged our play X&Y at the Science Museum in 2013 the BBC’s World at One came to find out what our show was all about. You can listen to the piece here entitled “How algebraic variables are being turned into human characters”.


X&Y, Science Museum, dress rehearsal 9 October 2013 Marcus du Sautoy Victoria Gould Commissioned by Ali Fraser



It’s all about … timing.

February 14, 2016


One of the very atmospheric components of the Vault Festival at Waterloo is the sound of the trains rumbling in and out of the station overhead during the shows. But for our play X&Y they aren’t just atmosphere but an absolutely key component of the drama. In fact the precision that we require to time a sequence of lines in the play to coincide with the departure of the 19:07 to Mortlake has been absolutely crucial to an important twist in the plot. If South West Trains are late…then we’re stuck there improvising until it rolls overhead. Audiences so far have been very impressed with both South West Trains punctuality and the way we’ve incorporated the trains into the drama. As with the best theatre, it’s all about…timing.


X&Y at Vault Festival



February 11, 2016

The Vaults Festival in London – the biggest arts festival in the city – features a new version of X&Y with an extra twist – literally – at the end of the show. Marcus and Victoria perform seven shows in the very atmospheric Pit venue with trains rumbling in and out of Waterloo overhead – an interruption that they have cleverly worked into the play. Running from 10-14 February. Directed by Dermot Keaney. Music by Stephen Hiscock.


We’ve prepared a mathematical crib sheet for the show for you to download and enjoy.