Great Apes


Great Apes

14 Mar 2018 - 21 Apr 2018

£12.00 - £26.00

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I want my life back now. Feel human again. Homo erectus.

When Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Dykes wakes up one morning after a wild night out, he finds his world has changed beyond recognition. His girlfriend, Sarah, has turned into a chimpanzee. And to his horror, so has everyone else. Immediately rushed to hospital, Simon is taken into the care of charismatic radical psychiatrist Zack Busner and treated for being under the psychotic delusion that he’s human.

Self’s hilarious, disturbing and dazzlingly original take on man’s place in the evolutionary chain, in a new stage adaptation from Patrick Marmion


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“This skilful adaptation by Patrick Marmion captures its blend of shrewd observation, linguistic bravura and shameless puns.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Intelligent adaptation... follows Simon on his rehabilitative journey through this new world with wit and intelligence. ”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage, What's On Stage)

“So densely packed with debate, it's easy to lose investment... Dick: an apt amount of wide-eyed amazement and disgust.”

Alex Wood (What's On Stage)

“Spry... by no means your typical page-to-stage adaptation... Hallucinatory and unsettling in the way it spins your perspective.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Copious chimp-human wordplay... Pearce’s production is brisk and the story zips by... What this play needed was a lot more bite.”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“Winningly adapted... Several fine comic inversions... The cast (most of whom play multiple roles) are good at monkeying around.”

Veronica Lee (Daily Mail, ES, Arts Desk)

“Marmion’s stage metamorphosis of Self’s allegorical and philosophical novel enters a brave new world of physical theatre.”

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