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.
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)