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Exeter Northcott Theatre in association with the University of Exeter presents Beyond My Control Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Friday 9 February     

Exeter Northcott Theatre in association with the University of Exeter presents

Beyond My Control 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Friday 9 February The world of theatre meets science in an exciting collaboration between Exeter Northcott Theatre and the University of Exeter.

Beyond My Control is an interactive performance about epilepsy, excitability and all things neurological. Can mathematicians at the University of Exeter abandon their computers and recreate complex brain networks using theatre improvisation techniques? Can the logical world of mathematics and the unpredictable world of theatre come together to help us see what's really going on inside our heads?

Beyond My Control is the brainchild of the Northcott's Artistic Director Paul Jepson and mathematicians Professor John Terry and Dr Wessel Woldman from the Living Systems Institute of the University of Exeter. It forms part of the University of Exeter's IMPACT programme which uses the medium of performance to facilitate public engagement for the University of Exeter's world class research. Funded by the EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council), the collaboration is led by John Terry, Professor of Biomedical Modelling at the University, and Exeter Northcott's Paul Jepson.

Professor John Terry said: "It's amazing that a chat over coffee with Paul about ways of bringing science to life could have ended with a performance like this. I really hope that by bringing complex networks to life through theatre we can advance the public understanding of what it means to have epilepsy and the impact that our research can have."

The Northcott's Artistic Director added: "Performance and Mathematics? You've got to be kidding! I've always been attracted by the unpredictable. It's fundamental to any theatre practice. How wonderful to imagine a route to performance that is based on a new set of rules. This is exactly what Beyond My Control offers. The liberating opportunity to engage creativity with a mathematician's erudite modelling."

Combining improvised scenes, verbatim testimony and top mathematical research this unique theatrical experience will explore just how much control we have over our brains.

Beyond My Control will be performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Friday 9 February. Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

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