MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Welcome to Paradise (2005)
Paul David-Goddard / Helen Miller
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Not much happens in this play. A young Englishman who has just earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics goes on a trip to Australia to find himself. Co-author Helen Miller based the play on her true experiences with such a young man, who has supposedly since seen the play and returned to England to earn a doctorate in mathematics. Since I have not seen the play, I do not know how much of a role mathematics plays. If it turns out that it is essentially irrelevant, then I probably should remove this entry from the database. On the other hand, if it does play some more essential role, I would like to be able to say something about it. If you know any more than I do, please let me know!

(Thanks to Peter Freyd for sending me a review of the play.)

More information about this work can be found at theatre.asn.au.
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