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.
Writer - Will Self
Adapter - Patrick Marmion
Director - Oscar Pearce
Designer - Sarah Beaton
Movement Director - Jonnie Riordan
Sound Designer - Daniel Balfour
Lighting Designer - Matt Haskins
Pupper Director - Tom Espiner
“★★★★★ I urge you not to miss this extraordinary production”
“★★★★ Wildly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking”
“★★★★ Will Self's novel gets a skilful adaptation ... director Oscar Pearce maintains a firm grasp on the show's tumbling craziness”