Ten Billion

with Stephen Emmott

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Thu 12 Jul - Sat 11 Aug 2012

By the end of this century, the human population is likely to be over ten billion. Just twenty five years ago, it was less than five billion. How are the choices we’re making as a species impacting upon our environment? And how will the sheer force of numbers affect the way we live in the future?

Scientist Stephen Emmott and director Katie Mitchell deliver a new kind of scientific lecture, highlighting key issues being lost in translation in our discussion of the environment.

Ten Billion paints a vivid portrait of a species with its head in the sand.

Stephen Emmott is Head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research and Professor of Computational Science at University of Oxford. His lab is recognised for its pioneering approaches to tackling fundamental problems in science; in particular; outstanding problems in predicting the future of the climate, and the future of life on Earth.

Director Katie Mitchell’s recent credits at the Royal Court include includes Simon Stephen’s Wastwater and Martin Crimp’s The City. Other credits include The Trial of Ubu Roi at Hampstead Theatre, After Dido for English National Opera and the Young Vic, and A Woman Killed With Kindness, Pains of Youth, some trace of her, Waves, Three Sisters and The Seagull at the National Theatre.


Running time 75 mins approx, no interval.

Performances from 31 July take place during the London Olympics, so please check your travel routes in advance to make sure you can get to and from the Royal Court safely. The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and Transport for London (TfL) have released a special travel guide for theatre goers during this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ten Billion is in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK


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