Seeking the equation for sanity

January 30 2014

A BISHOPSTON theatre group will be exploring the nature of genius through award-winning play, Proof.

A BISHOPSTON theatre group will be exploring the nature of genius through award-winning play, Proof.
Originally written by American playwright, David Auburn, Proof is the latest production by Bristol theatrical company, Kelvin Players.
Catherine quits her university course to spend time caring for her father, Robert – an unstable genius and mathematics professor at the University of Chicago.
The Pullitzer prize-winning play looks at her struggle to reach out from her father's shadow – although she possesses his mathematical talents, Catherine fears she may also have inherited his mental illness.
Upon Robert’s death, a former student discovers a paradigm-shifting, mathematical proof in Robert's office.
Meanwhile Claire – Robert’s elder daughter – is concerned with selling the family home and taking Catherine away.
Director, Tessa Garrett, said: "The play is like a mystery story, as we’re left wondering who was the author of the proof.
"The title refers to both the mathematical proof and the play's central question: can Catherine prove the proof's authorship?
"It’s a wonderful piece of drama and an examination of the true nature of genius."
This contemporary, American play – which was made into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in 2005 – explores Catherine's sanity, her complex relationships with others, and the authorship of the proof.
Proof runs from 11 to 15 February at the Kelvin Studios on Gloucester Road. Doors open from 7pm, with the performance starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 on Tuesday, and £10 from Wednesday to Saturday. A licensed bar is also available.
To book tickets, call 0117 9593636, email boxoffice@kelvinplayers.co.uk or visit www.kelvinplayers.co.uk. You can follow Kelvin Players on Twitter @KelvinPlayers.