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Darwin drama

A new dramatisation of Darwin's letters was performed on 25 March as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Re:Design, a dramatic production using Darwin's letters.

Re:Design, a dramatic production using Darwin's letters.

Cambridge University commissioned the playwright Craig Baxter, who specialises in science subjects, to create the piece. The drama concentrates on letters between Darwin and a colleague Asa Gray, using entirely their own words from letters or reminiscences.

Darwin's American advocate

Asa Gray was a prominent American botanist who spent his lifetime studying the plants of North America. He wrote many botanical manuals, established the herbarium at Harvard University and corresponded with European scientists, including Darwin. In fact, he promoted and supported Darwin's ideas in the US.

Entitled Re:Design, the piece taps into current debate as it discusses design in nature and examines the relationship between science and religion.

The show will be performed again in Cambridge in July as part of the Cambridge Summer School and there are plans to tour the UK and the US in 2008.


‘There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.’ Charles Darwin