Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FYI, This Date with Data Is Worth It: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FYI, This Date with Data Is Worth It: Opinion

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Unable to focus for more than three minutes? Love and Information is the play for you.

Caryl Churchill, author of English-curriculum staple Top Girls, has written a play for the information age. This is theatre for the era of soundbites, pseudo-facts and attention deficits. In a series of loosely themed vignettes - some lasting a few minutes, others only seconds - Churchill examines the role that information plays in our lives.

Some people want it; some have it; some presume it. Others use it, forget it, or process it in different ways. Memory is information that can be, or has been, distorted. Paradox is having information, but choosing to act in defiance of it.

And so there is a lab worker, who cuts off chicks' heads to examine their brains. There is the woman given messages by traffic lights, and another who talks to God ("Does He speak RP or have a regional accent?").

There is the new manager, overwhelmed by a vividly sensual childhood memory as she attempts to improve her factual recall. The couple whose wedding-day memories are shaped entirely by their repeat viewings of the video. The man who refuses to recognise his wife, even though she knows things that only his wife can know.

For a play about information, it offers a distinct lack of it. …

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