In April 2016, Undercurrent and Camden People's Theatre in partnership with the British Library presented the World Premiere of
An arresting new production based on the life of George Price (1922-1975), presented within yards from where Price lived, worked and died.
Price taught himself the basics of evolutionary genetics and formulated an equation widely acknowledged as the mathematical explanation for the evolution of altruism - something science had been trying to do since Darwin. The Price Equation was so extraordinary, University College London gave Price an honorary position within ninety minutes of him walking in off the street. The magnitude of his discovery shook Price's atheism to the core. He believed it must be a gift from God. Three years later, Price was discovered in a squat having slit his throat. Seven men attended his funeral - five homeless and two of our greatest evolutionary biologists.
This bold, visceral and physical new work, directed by award-winning Director Laura Farnworth, guides you seamlessly through Price's epic and extraordinary life. Undercurrent weighs up the question: was Price mentally ill, or consumed by a spiritual desire to disprove his own theory: that man is only kind to his own kin? Price's radical acts of altruism challenge us to examine our own acts of kindness in a time of austerity and self interest.
Performed by Adam Burton (Punchdrunk, Old Vic, National Theatre), Neal Craig (National Theatre, West End, Edinburgh International Festival) and Rachael Spence (Associate Artist with Improbable, National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe).
Directed and co-devised by Laura Farnworth
Written and co-devised by Lydia Adetunji
Tue 29 March - Sat 16 April 2016 | Tues - Sat 7pm (& 3pm Sat)
Camden People's Theatre
Post show talks
Making, supporting and funding arts/science projects.
Saturday 2 April
A discussion on how to generate support and funding for arts/science projects and how it enriches the creative process, with Laura Farnworth (Director) and Sophie Cornell (Producer).
In conversation with the Cast and Director
Thursday 7 April
Calculating Kindness cast members Adam Burton, Neal Craig & Rachael Spence, and Director Laura Farnworth speak about the play and answer questions.
In partnership with the British Library - researching George Price’s letters
Saturday 9 April
Laura Farnworth (Calculating Kindness Director) and Jonathan Pledge (Curator, Politics and Public Life, British Library) talk about how Undercurrent’s partnership with the British Library came about, and how accessing the George R Price and WD Hamilton collections at the BL have impacted on the making of the play.
Calculating Kindness is nominated for three Off-West-End awards (Offies):
BEST PRODUCTION, BEST MALE PERFORMANCE - Adam Burton, and BEST NEW PLAY - Lydia Adetunji and Laura Farnworth. Judging is due early 2017.
Take a look at our blog posts in March & April 2016 for 'Calculating Kindness' news, photos and interviews.