Carlo Rovelli Meets Simon McBurney | How To Academy



Wed, 25 October 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Carlo Rovelli Meets Simon McBurney

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What happens at the bottom of a black hole? Join the superstar physicist and founder of Complicité for an Alice in Wonderland trip to the edge of space and time, science and imagination.

“Carlo Rovelli is a genius… this is where science comes to life.” – Neil Gaiman

Carlo Rovelli is no ordinary scientist. With a genius for revealing the mysteries of the universe to those of us without his gifts, he is the heir to Hawking, Sagan, and Feynman; and alone among the leaders of theoretical physics, he draws as much upon art, philosophy, and myth as equations and experiments to illuminate the splendour and strangeness of reality.

Now he joins one of the UK’s preeminent theatre practitioners, the wildly innovative actor, director, and founder of Complicité, Simon McBurney, for a journey to the heart of one of the most exhilarating questions in science – what happens at the bottom of a black hole?

Drawing together the full richness of his thinking about science and the arts, from Einstein to Dante’s journey in the Divine Comedy, we’ll cross the horizon of a black hole, then plunge and fall, watching geometry fold around us and time and space pull and stretch as we hurtle towards the bottom, making a quantum leap across a point where time and space dissolve, and up and out, through a white hole and back to the stars.

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Carlo Rovelli


Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Helgoland, Reality Is Not What It Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-three languages.

Simon McBurney

Complicité Artistic Director

Actor, writer and director Simon McBurney is one of the most innovative, mercurial and influential theatre-makers working today. In 1983 he co-founded the company Complicité, since when all his work has been made through a deeply researched and highly collaborative process which fuses a profound belief that all aspects of the theatre should challenge the limits of theatrical form.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.