THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

Physicist, fugitive, pioneer.

On Christmas Eve 1938, two refugees from the Nazis walk into the Swedish snow.

They make a shocking discovery. And the world is never the same again.

From the creator of THE INVENTOR OF ALL THINGS:

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            THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

            See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2019/05/the-walk-in-the-snow-the-true-story-of-lise-meitner/ for details.

            Location: Spriet Family Theatre

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                THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

                See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2019/05/the-walk-in-the-snow-the-true-story-of-lise-meitner/ for details.

                Location: Spriet Family Theatre

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                  THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

                  See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2019/05/the-walk-in-the-snow-the-true-story-of-lise-meitner/ for details.

                  Location: Spriet Family Theatre

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                    THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

                    See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2019/05/the-walk-in-the-snow-the-true-story-of-lise-meitner/ for details.

                    Location: Spriet Family Theatre

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                      THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

                      See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2019/05/the-walk-in-the-snow-the-true-story-of-lise-meitner/ for details.

                      Location: Spriet Family Theatre

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                      THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.

                      See https://theatreinlondon.ca/2019/05/the-walk-in-the-snow-the-true-story-of-lise-meitner/ for details.

                      Location: Spriet Family Theatre

                  4 thoughts on “THE WALK IN THE SNOW: The true story of Lise Meitner.”

                  1. Peter Janes
                    Subscriber
                    says:

                    A mostly-chronological biography of a physicist doesn’t sound like particularly engaging material, but this premiere performance from Jem Rolls is captivating. In his return to the London Fringe after an eight-year absence, Rolls tells the life story of Lise Meitner, the co-discoverer of the process of nuclear fission. Despite being told in prose rather than Rolls’ usual poetry, The Walk in the Snow has the same cadence and sense of urgency in every phrase, and it’s stronger for it.

                    The production is simple, featuring only the actor, some period music cues, and a lot of lighting changes (that had Rolls chasing his marks a bit during the opening show). It’s all this story and this performer need in preserving Dr. Meitner’s legacy.

                  2. Greg Kondrak
                    Reviewer
                    says:

                    Lise Meitner’s story is one that not enough people know about. This show is a powerfully written and performed speech about Lise Meitner’s life, and centers on her figuring out how to split the atom as she flees from the nazis during the second world war. While the show is minimal, Jem Rolls is an amazing speaker and easily carries the show on his shoulders. Not only is Meitner’s story fascinating and historically important, Rolls’ passion about the subject raises the quality through his delivery and body language. He is an incredibly talented speaker, and could probably describe paint drying and somehow make it interesting. While the story briefly brings up race and gender as a hindrance in Meitner’s life, I think that a little more discussion about the ramifications of genocide, as well as the consequences of splitting the atom would have been interesting to cover. I couldn’t help but wonder about how Meitner felt about the bomb outside of it as a scientific pursuit. What does the bomb mean to her in light of being a jewish person during the holocaust? With that said, if you are a history or physics buff, or are interested in the untold story of a woman whose work changed the world, The Walk in the Snow is a must see.
                    4/5

                    ****

                  3. R Young says:

                    5 Stars for ‘The Walk in The Snow’

                    This show is a fascinating recounting of an almost-forgotten moment in scientific history, the aftermath of which (among other things), significantly overshadowed simple story leading to a world-changing discovery.

                    Jem Rolls is a consummate storyteller, whose passion for the history of Lise Meitner is evident. His seamless melding of poetry, humour and casual asides make this story – and the characters involved – come to life.

                    Rolls had my attention from the moment I entered the theatre, with European violin music interspersed with audio from a Nazi rally creating immediate context for his story. I was enthralled with the story itself, and with Rolls’ technical prowess as storyteller.

                    A gem of a tale – recounted with passion and prowess – that shouldn’t be missed.

                    http://fringereview.ca/the-walk-in-the-snow-5-stars/

                  4. Dave W says:

                    With the subject matter, the stadium seating in the Spriet Theatre and Jenn Rolls standing in the front without any props I thought I was attending a university lecture rather than a Fringe show. Jenn Rolls does an admiral job in telling the history of Lisa Meitner and physics in the 20’s and 30’s. I enjoyed he show though I have to admit I wasn’t exactly sure how Lisa Meitner changed the world with her “Walk in the Snow” other than she explained and proved how nuclear fission worked. For those who are in the same boat as me or want a good primer before seeing the play I suggest you read this “Coles Notes” version of the play.

                    https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/200712/physicshistory.cfm

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