Natalie Dew, Ian Gelder, Stella Gonet, Lisa McGrillis, Sargon Yelda and Ashley Zhangazha have been cast in Stef Smith’s new play Human Animals. Rehearsals start on 18 April. Human Animals runs from 18 May 2016 to 18 June 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Press night is on Monday 23 May, 7pm.
Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie directs Stef Smith’s Royal Court debut. With design by Linbury Prize finalist Camilla Clarke, lighting by Lizzie Powell, composition and sound by Mark Melville and movement by Frauke Requardt.
“Don’t go burying wild animals in my garden… or at least ask for permission first.”
In the overcrowded city, nature is getting out of control.
The mice are scratching between walls, the pigeons are diseased and the foxes are beginning to rule the streets.
The problem is growing. It’s contagious. It has to be stopped, before it’s too late.
“People can get used to terrible things. Very quickly. If they have to. It doesn’t take much for things to start to fall apart”
Human Animals will be accompanied by a Big Idea event on 1 June, post-show. Playwright Stef Smith will be in conversation with Royal Court Deputy Literary Manager Louise Stephens.
There will also be insight workshops available for schools attending this production.
Human Animals is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, which aims to discover and support the next generation of world class playwrights, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Human Animals runs in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court from 18 May -18 June 2016