Proof (2009)

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Poster by Zoe Dunsire

by David Auburn

Directed by Anna Callender

Performances: Tue 17th – Sat 21st November 2009, Prompt Corner


The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with proving the proof, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally.



Thanks: Many thanks to the casts and crews of Measure for Measure (2009) and Dick Whittington (2009), Jess Osorio and the box office team, Matthew Lyne and the bar volunteers, Alan Buckman for props, the cast and crew for providing costumes, props and set, Helen Chadney for repping the show.


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