Life’s infinite possibilities at Circa
Opposites attract, they say, and the romance of Marianne and Roland is between polar extremes.
Physicist Marianne would see the couple in terms of quantum mechanics; apparently paradoxical paired particles that can only make sense when they are viewed together as parts of a whole, whereas beekeeper Roland sees things from a natural point of view.
In Constellations, British writer Nick Payne has explored their growing romance the way a quantum physicist would view a particle system; every situation holds infinite future possibilities.
Sliding Doors did, and Run, Lola, Run presented multiple possible outcomes, where being in the right place a second earlier or later dramatically altered life’s future course.
Constellations does the same thing from a more scientific viewpoint.
Rachel Lenart, who is to direct the Circa Theatre production, described it as existentialism for the 21st century, though it is really a love story and those with no science background won’t miss anything.
‘‘Essentially it follows all the the milestone points of a relationship and life,’’ she said.
Erin Banks, formerly of Masterton, will play Marianne.
She describes the play as a speculative game that friends might play together – ‘‘What if I had not gone to that party and not met you?’’.
was a beautiful and funny play that also left audiences with something to think about, she said.
‘‘It’s one of those shows that has a huge impact on you and it stays with you for days.’’
Richard Dey, from Tawa, plays Roland the beekeeper.
Constellations and the romance become a metaphor for the world and a contrast between searches for answers, he said.
Marianne the scientist looks to the stars for answers, ‘‘ whereas the bee just gets on with what it has to do, and then it dies’’.
Constellations runs until August 23. More:circa.co.nz.
Entanglement: Richard Dey and Erin Banks will appear in Constellations at Circa Theatre.