A critical analysis of The Nature of Things

Shanson, Esther (2011). A critical analysis of The Nature of Things. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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A critical analysis of the ‘science play’ The Nature of Things examining the dramaturgical challenges of integrating biography, science and art. The overall aim was to create an original, imaginative and coherent theatrical experience for a general audience to access compelling human stories, exquisite phenomena and life-changing ideas that would otherwise be limited to the select few. The play tells the story of ‘Dorothy Hodgkin and Crystallography’ interpreted using drama, dance and design/digital media. Crystallography is a powerful technique used to determine the structure of molecules such as insulin and DNA. Other significant characters include Kathleen Lonsdale, Rosalind Franklin, William Bragg, John Desmond Bernal (Sage), as well as Crick, Watson and Wilkins. The work was crafted to expose a profound emotional connection between the supposedly opposing cultures of science and art.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3023


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