Salon XXIX

Thursday 30th August 2012

Inside Out at The National Theatre

Curious about Curious Incident? As part of the Inside Out festival, Salon London and the National Theatre have teamed up to present a chance to dig deeper into Marianne Elliot’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens.  Salons always include three of the country’s most passionate speakers from across the arts, science and psychology and offer a sneak peak in to their worlds.

15yr-old Christopher, the protagonist of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, has an extraordinary brain: exceptional at maths, fascinated by the workings of the universe, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. The first two of our speakers get inside the mathematics and the cosmology that make Christopher tick.

Marcus Chown, known to many as the Cosmology Editor for the New Scientist,  will be explaining the secrets of life, the universe and everything and for one brilliant transcendent moment you will understand the quantum world.

We have Staff Director Katy Rudd who will be explaining the National Theatre's production from the inside out. 

We are all fantastically capable mathematicians, calculating the risk of our actions with every step we take; yet most of us would consider advanced probability beyond our understanding.  To explain and interpret the statistics of risk an chance that are presented to us our daily lives, David Speigelhalter OBE Professor of Public Understanding and Risk explains the real numbers behind uncertainty, leaving you able to interpret statistics like a pro.  

About the National Theatre

The National Theatre produces a broad range of shows, from brand new plays to world classics at its home on the South Bank.  Its productions are also in the West End, on Broadway (War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors), on tour, and broadcast live to cinemas around the world.

The National Theatre’s Inside Out festival, presented in partnership with American Express, brings a flavour of what goes on inside the National Theatre – in the theatres themselves and backstage – onto our riverside squares and terraces. 

Thursday 30th August. 7.30 - 9.30pm

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  • David Spiegelhalter

    David Spiegelhalter

    Understanding Uncertainty.

    David Spiegelhalter OBE is Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk and just loves numbers - he will show how you can work out the risks you take with everything you do, from crossing the road to eating a burger.
  • Marcus Chown

    Marcus Chown


    Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, currently cosmology consultant for New Scientist magazine. He graduated from the University of London in 1980, gaining a first class degree in physics, and later gained a . . .
  • Katy Rudd

    Katy Rudd

    Assistant Director - National Theatre

      Katy Rudd Assistant Director   Katy has been recently appointed a Staff Director at the National Theatre and was winner of the Nöel Coward Trainee Director’s Award 2010/11.    Theatre as a . . .


  • The National Theatre

    South Bank

    SE1 9PX