Season 3:  "Photograph 51"

Friday 13th August to Saturday 4th September 2021

An investigative drama by Anna Ziegler

Directed by Sharon Maine

Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 takes us back to 1950s London, where the discovery of the DNA double helix structure would unlock the ‘secret of life’, and Rosalind Franklin’s contribution would be overlooked for decades. This delicate play puts her back in the picture and shines a light on the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field and the price she paid.


Beyond the story, however, Photograph 51 reminds us of the shared intentions of art and science. Both seek to improve our understanding of the world around us, to make sense of life, test ideas and see things from another perspective. The results of these discoveries have the possibility to permanently alter our understanding of the world while continuing to feed our curiosity and pursuit of knowledge.

Photograph 51 is The Basin Theatre's 2021 entry into the Victorian Drama League awards competition.

By special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia) on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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This play is the winner of the 2008 STAGE International Script Competition

and was developed, in part, through the University of California, Santa Barbara’s STAGE Project by the Professional Artists Lab (Nancy Kawalek, Director)

and the California NanoSystems Institute.

PHOTOGRAPH 51 was developed by The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan

Foundation Science and Technology Project and received its New York premiere

at the Ensemble Studio Theatre on October 27, 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH 51 was developed by the Cape Cod Theatre Project.

Originally commissioned and produced by Active Cultures, the Vernacular Theatre of Maryland.

Opening Night on Sunday, February 10, 2008.


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