The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - John McCal­lum

Syd­ney Opera House. Con­cert Hall, Ben­ne­long Point. Thurs­day, 1.30pm. Tick­ets: $49-$152. Book­ings: (02) 8215 4600 or on­line. The pro­gram will be re­peated on Fri­day and Oc­to­ber 27. Ear to the Edge of Time Alana Valen­tine has cre­ated a pow­er­ful hu­man drama about science. It suc­ceeds on many lev­els and Na­dia Tass’s pro­duc­tion, with a great cast and a stun­ning set by Shaun Gur­ton, is ter­rific. At the play’s hu­man cen­tre is an en­counter be­tween a young as­tro­physi­cist, Martina, and a poet, Daniel, who has been as­signed to talk with her about her science and to write a poem about it. The science con­cerns the dis­cov­ery of a pair of spin­ning pul­sars, in­cred­i­bly en­er­getic ra­dio sources that even­tu­ally led in 2015 to the first ob­ser­va­tion of Ein­stein’s pre­dicted grav­i­ta­tional waves. That char­ac­ter is loosely based on Jo­ce­lyn Bell Bur­nell, who ob­served the first pul­sar in 1967 but who was con­tro­ver­sially not in­cluded in the No­bel prize that was awarded for the dis­cov­ery in 1974. Sey­mour Cen­tre, Regi­nald Theatre, City Road and Cleve­land Street, Chip­pen­dale. Tonight, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $26-$45. Book­ings: (02) 9351 7940 or on­line. Un­til Oc­to­ber 27. An En­emy of the Peo­ple Melissa Reeves’s adap­ta­tion of this play brings it em­phat­i­cally into the present — up­dat­ing the pe­riod, the id­iom, the science and the me­dia cul­ture — but The Feather in the Web

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