Written by Will Self, adapted by Patrick Marmion
Directed by Oscar Pearce
14 Mar 2018 to 21 Apr 2018
Arcola Theatre, London
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.
Great Apes is Will Self's hilarious, disturbing and dazzlingly original take on man's place in the evolutionary chain.
This raucous new stage adaptation from Patrick Marmion (The Divided Laing) mixes razor-sharp language with movement and puppetry, journeying into the mystery of what it means to be a human being.
Planet of the Apes meets Nineteen Eighty-Four . . humorous, gripping and provocative.
The Guardian on Will Self's novel
Prodigiously original and very funny
The Observer on Will Self's novel
Watch the trailer . .
Text - Will Self
Direction - Oscar Pearce
Adaptation - Patrick Marmion
Designer - Sarah Beaton
Lighting Design - Matt Haskins
Sound Design - Daniel Balfour
Movement Director - Jonnie Riordan
Production Manager - Ben Karakashian
Stage Manager - Catherine Cooper
Assistant Stage Manager - Sophie Macfadyen
Costume Supervisor - Kate Hemstock
"Wildly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking"
Mind the Blog
"Packed with debate"
"Real invention and swagger"
"The cast masterfully pull off this bold concept"
"I managed to catch a performance of #GreatApes at the Arcola last weekend, it's really funny, so if you get the chance to watch it in the future, I'd recommend it!""
Mick Jagger via Twitter
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