Written and performed by Martin Figura
Is there a mathematical equation for love and the behaviour of a beating heart? What can be retrieved from life’s catastrophes and wounds? When our windshield is blurred with rain and we’re wearing our reading glasses, can we learn to look in the rear view mirror and smile?
Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, the new stage production from award winning poet Martin Figura, turns to inspirational mathematics guru Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman’s iconic machine, the moon and photographs to shed light on these pressing questions and to help him sort out love, loss and when to let go. After successful debut’s at London’s Roundhouse and his home town of Norwich the show comes to Bedfringe.
The show finds the adult life Martin made for himself, following his moving portrayal of the shocking events surrounding his mother’s death at the hand of his father (when Martin was just 9 years old) described in his show Whistle.
As he approaches 60, Figura comes to terms with his own mortality in a theatrical performance fusing words, sounds and visuals. With his measured skill, poise, wit and humour he looks back to his first marriage (and subsequent divorce), the birth of his children, their development and meeting his current wife in 2004.
Age guidance: 14+
“As a poet he demonstrates a “delicately balanced” JACKIE KAY
“Profoundly honest and at the same time joyfully entertaining” INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
“moving and deeply courageous” JO BELL
“His ability to fill venues at various festivals with shows that incorporate mixed-media, highlights Figura as a truly twenty-first century poet.” POETRY INTERNATIONAL ROTTERDAM
Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine is produced by Tilt, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Norwich Arts Centre and Writer’s Centre Norwich.
Whistle (former show and book) short-listed for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry
2013 Saboteur Best Spoken Word Show Award (Whistle)
Poem ‘Victor’ was award the Poetry Society’s 2010 Hamish Canham Prize
Suitable for ages 14yrs+