Ada and the Engine

By Lauren Gunderson
19-23 September 2017
Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. 7.30pm (2.30pm Saturday matinee)

"The difference between zero and one is the whole world."

In a field where women were not expected to achieve, she excelled.

In an era when women were expected to confirm, she trod her own path.

Born in the shadow of her father, Lord Byron, she made her own mark.

Ada Lovelace is an important, yet often overlooked, scientific figure of the modern age. As a collaborator with Charles Babbage, she was instrumental in the development of his ‘Analytical Engine’ – a forerunner of modern computing.

Lauren Gunderson’s play is full of vitality and humanity, breathing life into this important figure in modern science. By turns comic, moving and exhilarating, it not only celebrates her intellectual contributions as a mathematician and “poetic scientist”, but explores the complex love life and family relationships she dealt with at a time when women were not “required” to be assertive or intellectual.

This is the second European premiere of Gunderson’s work by ElevenOne, following on from the company’s production of Émilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight in 2014.

“It is quite astounding that a piece as interesting and well-crafted as Émilie is only just receiving a European premiere - but it is to the enormous credit of ElevenOne Theatre that they are the company to do that. ” – WhatsOnStage

Show details

Ada and the Engine
by Lauren Gunderson

Arts at the Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

September 19-23, 2017
7.30pm daily, (2.30pm Saturday matinee)
Tickets: £15 / £13 (£13 all matinee seats)