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Photograph 51

by Anna Ziegler

1 November — 14 December 2019

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

Nadine Garner returns to the MTC stage in this moving West End hit, directed by Pamela Rabe.

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‘A beautiful, tender, and surprising play.’

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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. The scientific establishment at King’s College London simply could not cope with her genius, her self-confidence or her stern disregard for authority. 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.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 23 November at 2pm
Tuesday 26 November at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday performance at 1pm

Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 30 November at 2pm
Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner

Rosalind Franklin

Pamela Rabe

Pamela Rabe


Nick Schlieper

Nick Schlieper

Set & Lighting Designer

Fairfax Studio

100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004