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Sex, Drugs And Science in the Seventeenth Century

Sex, Drugs And Science in the Seventeenth Century

Written by Lucas Hnath and Directed by Paul McLaughlin (HOTEL)

Isaac’s Eye re-imagines the contentious, plague-ravaged world in which the young Isaac Newton and established scientist Robert Hooke are a Mozart and Salieri of science squabbling over the physics of light.

Isaac Newton is desperate to gain admittance to the prodigious Royal Society. One man stands in his way – the evil Robert Hooke. What is the price of success for Isaac? Will he expose the dark secrets Hooke hides, will he risk blinding himself in the ultimate power play for dominance, truth and scientific discovery in this theatrical experience you’ll never forget!

Far from a stuffy costume drama, Isaac's Eye is original in its presentation, contemporary in its tone, fast-paced and very bloody funny with an exciting, fresh line up of actors. Lucas Hnath is the hottest young writer in the UK right now and Circa bring you the NZ premiere of this daring new play.

“This play made me laugh;” says director Paul McLaughlin. Hnath’s text is brutally funny – he’s created a delightful work of fiction/fact that will delight and intrigue audiences … and how do they do that thing with the needle …?”

With a cinematic soundscape from Wellington’s Rhian Sheehan, Isaac’s Eye occupies its own time and space as it explores the dreams and longings that drove the rural farm boy Isaac Newton to become one of the greatest thinkers in modern science.

Come see that story live with us at Circa.

"A quirky sendup of fusty historical dramas... funky, stylized, but distinctly contemporary. Isaac's Eye wins a whole mess of points for originality." - The New York Times

Written by Lucas Hnath and Directed by Paul McLaughlin
18 October – 15 November
Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4.30pm
CIRCA Theatre Two, 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington
TICKETS: $46/38/25
$25 PREVIEW: Friday 17th & Sunday 19th October
BOOKINGS: 04 801 7992 or

CREATIVES: Paul McLaughlin (Direction/Design), Jennifer Lal (Lighting), Rhian Sheehan (Music)
CAST: Nannah Dekkers-Reihana, Alex Greig, Andrew Paterson, Todd Rippon


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