DIM DIOLCH / Oct 2013

One man. One formula. No thanks.

The extraordinary true story of American scientist George Price. As seen in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

Is there such a thing as pure selflessness or is it all just disguised self-interest?

The Welsh language play Dim Diolch (No Thanks) follows the remarkable life story of George Price, the self-taught American scientist who became the first person to express selflessness in a mathematical equation.

Llanfairpwll born actor Carwyn Jones is to star in the new play, produced by Menai Bridge’s Cwmni’r Frân Wen, which also features Caernarfon’s Martin Thomas and Old Colwyn’s Ceri Elen.

Several years before he presented his altruism equation, George Price had made a number of extraordinary contributions to evolutionary biology, a field in which he had no training. Educated as a chemist, Price had worked on uranium enrichment, helped develop radiation therapy for cancer and invented computer-aided design with IBM.

Dim Diolch is written by Iola Ynyr, Cwmni Fran Wen’s Artistic Director, and will be directed by Ffion Haf.

Ynyr said: “When I heard his story it struck me – ‘why had I never heard of this amazing, inspirational and complex character?’ – I instantly started to put it down on paper and the more I researched, the more amazing things I discovered.”