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Game of Life: a play

A new play called Game of Life is to be performed from 5th-22nd September at The Yard in Hackney Wick in London. It will apparently “bring to life a scientific theory: the phenomenon of ‘emergence’, and Conway’s ‘game of life’ — an elegant mathematical model simulating birth, death and survival”.

The play has been developed by Rose Lewenstein (“a playwright with a background in contemporary performance”) and Russell Bender (“a theatre director with a background in science and software design”). The website explains the premise:

An old man burns what’s left of his past.  A woman tips her husband’s ashes into the sea.  A young couple watch fireflies flash in sync. In a chaotic mess of physical and virtual collisions, Isabel sets out to understand the relationship between thoughts and feelings and life and death.

Game of Life tells the human stories of five people and their search for faith in each other and in the world around them. We will explore the contrast between the individual and the population and show the ripple effects we have on people around us and the patterns in our lives that you can only see by zooming out and looking at the bigger picture.

Here’s a short video of Lewenstein and Bender explaining their inspiration and promoting the play.

More information: Game of Life play website.

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