'A dramatic, meticulously researched account of the mission to understand DNA that places Franklin, an unsung hero of 20th-century science, centre stage.'
'Garner is one of the country’s great actors, and it is thrilling to watch her every move.'
Rosalind Franklin was one of the great scientists of the 20th Century. In 1952 she used X-ray diffraction photography to examine the intricate structure of DNA, but her trail-blazing work was never recognised. Threatened by her brilliance, Franklin’s rivals scandalously stole her research and were awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix.
A massive hit on the West End, Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 relives the chase to find ‘the secret of life’ amidst all the inherent ambition, sexism and isolation of the 1950s, while shining a spotlight on an unsung hero. This intriguing new play is a moving portrait of a brilliant British scientist, and a delicate exploration of what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.
MTC favourite Nadine Garner (Di and Viv and Rose) returns to the stage as the fiercely independent Rosalind Franklin, directed by Pamela Rabe (Jumpy) for this Australian Premiere production.
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
|Audio Described||Saturday 23 November at 2pm
Tuesday 26 November at 6.30pm
|Tactile Tour||Prior to the Saturday 23 November performance at 1pm
|Saturday 30 November at 2pm|
Set & Lighting Designer
Esther Marie Hayes
Composer & Sound Designer
Voice & Dialect Coach
Stemming the future for women in science
Through the story of one pioneering woman in science, Photograph 51 tells a story familiar to all women in science.
Photograph 51 Programme
Learn more about Anna Ziegler's moving West End hit in our production programme, which can be purchased at the theatre for $2 or downloaded for free online.
A snapshot in time
Anna Ziegler discusses her play’s explosion on the West End, and how her admiration for scientist Rosalind Franklin inspired her to tell this largely untold story.
DNA’s thwarted heroine
Dr Jen Martin remembers the life and legacy of a brilliant scientist, Rosalind Franklin.