Data and the Future City


Traverse Theatre 2, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED, United Kingdom


Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 18:30 to 22:00

The University of Edinburgh Schools of Engineering and Informatics invite you to join in an exploration of what data science means for the future of Scottish cities.

Entry is free to staff and students of the University of Edinburgh, with registration through Eventbrite:

Embedding data science in our civic infrastructure has the potential to transform society in ways that both fascinate and horrify us. Our short theatre pieces will be created over four afternoons by engineers and computer scientists working with leading playwrights, and shared “script in hand” by artists from the Traverse Theatre. They begin our attempt to find our way through to the research collaborations that will matter most in this new world.

The Traverse is Scotland’s new writing theatre. Formed in 1963, it was founded to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh festivals throughout the year. Today, under Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, the Traverse nurtures emerging talent, produces award-winning new plays and offers a programme of the best work from the UK and beyond. It also offers audiences of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore, create and develop, outside the theatre walls. Further afield, the Traverse frequently tours internationally and engages in exchanges and partnerships – most recently in Quebec, Turkey and South Korea.

This collaboration is led by key members of the Traverse’s artistic team, Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin and Literary Associate Rosie Kellagher, and by two of Scotland’s most acclaimed playwrights, Clare Duffy (Creative Fellow at IASH 2014-15) and Stef Smith (currently working with the National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, London).

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