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Disappearing number Disappearing number is based on maths, culture and the life and death in the world, the play was thought up and directed by Simon McBurney. The play is amazingly abstract in the ways it puts across meaningful concepts that take place around the world. The play was very visually in tune with the audience, adding things to break up large parts of script. For example when al the main character was playing with the over head projector and we could see everything on it made the scene have more of a fun element, I think this also gets the audience to keep focus. ...read more.


The first is about an intellectual relationship between a Brahmin math genius and a Cambridge colleague set in the First World War. The other which is the main story is about a modern university teacher and her American and Indian partner Al, who is a futures dealer. While the older mathematic dies early of TB in England we are shown that Ruth, the modern day teacher wants to travel and study his work. Throughout its shown I got the feeling that it was trying to say that everything is parallel with everything else and we are all connected in some way. I also kept hearing the phrase "a mathematician, like a poet or painter, is a maker of patterns". ...read more.


I think the main point of getting people to be reminded that they are watching a play and not real life actors makes the audience question the play. I think by adding in random parts like the dancing and singing gets people talking about the play which succeeds in what Brecht and so many others want to do. And that is for them to talk about what they've seen and then incorporate it into their lives. I really enjoyed the play because of its different spin on taking what could be simple idea and making it abstract and interesting. ...read more.

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