A discussion on Robert Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb was held in front of an audience at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC’s) Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on 24 January with the involvement of the IOP.
The on-stage discussion, “Oppenheimer and the Bomb: is the possible inevitable?”, explored themes from the play Oppenheimer, which opened at the theatre on 15 January and runs until 7 March. The play centres on Oppenheimer’s leadership of the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic weapons that were dropped on Japan in August 1945.
Taking part were playwright Tom Morton-Smith, director Angus Jackson, particle physicist and IOP fellow Prof. Frank Close, ITV’s science correspondent Alok Jha, and former literary editor of The Times, Erica Wagner. The discussion was chaired by Erica Whyman, the RSC’s deputy artistic director.