X & Y


A new mathematical play written and performed by Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould, presented by Complicite.


What is the shape of the universe? Is it finite or infinite? Does it have an edge? Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use mathematics and the theatre to navigate the known and unknown reaches of our world. Through a series of surreal episodes, x and y, trapped in a world they don’t understand and confronted for the first time with another human being, tackle some of the biggest philosophical and scientific questions on the books: where did the universe come from, does time have an end, is there something on the other side, do we have free will, can we ever prove anything about our universe for sure or is there always room for another surprise?

Performed at Latitude Festival July 2012, The Science Museum, London, October 2013, Manchester Science Festival, MOSI November 2013, Hay Festival May 2014, Astrolabe Theatre, Glastonbury Festival June 2014, Vaults Festival, London February 2016, Oxford Playhouse, April 2016, Canterbury Festival, November 2016, Mumbai Literary Festival, Tata Theatre and Prithvi Theatre, November 2017, CCCB Thinking Bienalle Open City, Barcelona October 2018.