An episode of discovery perhaps, like Albert Einstein’s discovery of relativity theory as told in the recent television series, Genius; merging politics, science and world events, as in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen; or using science as the backdrop to the plot, which is the case in Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes. What is paramount to such projects is to avoid bombarding the audience with science lectures. The science should emerge from conversation and this is no easy task. Mosquitoes is a superbly acted and complex play about the clash of human emotions, but in some ways, the science of the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is irrelevant to the plot and could almost be left out. […]
From When fact and feeling collide, a theatre review first published in Physics World in September 2017.