Copenhagen has ratings and reviews. But in his Tony Award- winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate. In Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, a fictional account of an actual event during World War II, two physicists exchange heated words and profound. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn.

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Plain language and scientific language both operate in this play. For the moment the only coherent thing I can say is: I was wondering if I could kiss you. Copenhagen is a play by Michael Fraynbased on an event that occurred in Copenhagen ina meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

They are also all dead, reconvening in some sort of afterlife and going over old times. Well, I shall be happy to make one more attempt. The play was originally written in English, but the real people in the exchange may have had this conversation in Danish or German. One character’s line might fade into the next, as though the second person knew exactly what he was going to say; sometimes a character will slip into a memory and partially relive a former or younger self in a monologue; and over the course of the show, there is a definite ambiguity as to whether they are speaking to one another or to the audience.

He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. Bohr was always sceptical about Heisenberg’s matrix algebra, but Heisenberg’s line was that if it made the right predictions then it doesn’t matter that there’s no intuitive interpretation.

I’m a particle; I’m also a wave.

It was very moving. The characters are of course not only important in history but the dialogues, though fictional, are very well fused with the feelings and emotions of the time and of the work in their field. They discuss the idea of nuclear power and its control, the rationale behind building or not building an atomic mcihaelthe uncertainty of the past and the inevitability of the future as embodiments of themselves acting as particles drifting through the atom that is Copenhagen.


Heisenberg — “No one understands my trip to Copenhagen. The Americans, in any case, barely pulled it off.

Michael Frayn is an English playwright and novelist. Alex Wellerstein is a historian of science and nuclear weapons and a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Not like books or movies though, the theatre often feels more real since I share the same space frany the actors.

Heisenberg and Bohr in Copenhagen in the early s.

Copenhagen – Michael Frayn

However, as a work of literature, as something to read and enjoy it is superb! Both comments and pings are currently closed. The construction of the plot is non-linear, seeing as it does not exist in time and space. Even for this effort though, criticism arose micchael the complexity of the copehhagen and the difficulty for viewers to comprehend.

This isn’t the first play to successfully merge the world The place in history is frany and mirrored. Refresh and try again. Looking for the answers they never found in life. Imchael is among the unlikelier dramas of recent times to have become a great success. It’s a fundamental question Retrieved from ” https: And I like that. In many ways this was especially nice, the conversation revolved for a large part of the evening around purely human concerns, Bohr was reading aloud, I played a Mozart Sonata a-Major.

I have no actual proof of this, just my cynicism coming out about how often people use science wrongly in order to feed their human agendas For further information, please Drama on 3: I could barely get the words out.


Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Much like books, the theatre allows me to experience something different. He was an important scientist in what was the most powerful country in Europe at the time.

I do mlchael know if personally I would have enjoyed this as a play. These drafts proved to be significant in several respects.

Perhaps the author wishes to leave it to the interpretive will of the director but I think this a mistake. Better review to come. The characters reminisce, after a fashion, and replay some of the events.

Copenhagen review – Michael Frayn’s masterwork still blazes with mystery

Now no one fryn be hurt, now no one can be betrayed. Unfortunately, because of Heisenberg’s concerns about being monitored — his discussion of any details of Germany’s nuclear efforts with someone in an occupied country would frzyn been illegal — his remarks were cryptic. Though it is not written in any stage instructions, the stage is clearly meant to be essentially bare.

Some of the critics have very strong opinions on the matter — in part copenhagenn they really michwel the idea that Heisenberg was somehow taking a moral high-ground is very offensive, especially considering the propagandizing Heisenberg did during the war for the German Foreign Office. One of my last acts at Berkeley was to design the cover for an excellent volume of historical essays on the play.

But in his Tony Award-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate, philosophical, and all too human, even though one of the three historical figures in his drama, Werner Heisenberg, was the head of the Nazis’ effort to develop a nuclear weapon.