Opening Skinner's Box is a whistle stop tour of the scientific quest to make sense of what we are and who we are. Us humans. You and me. Why do we love and when would we kill? How do we learn and why do we believe in the unbelievable? How accurate is our memory? (clue: not very) and why do we keep doing things that hurt us? Up until a hundred years ago these were questions for philosophy and religion but then science wanted to join the conversation and according to science, pretty much everything we think about ourselves is wrong. Based on the fascinating and controversial book by Lauren Slater, Opening Skinner's Box features ten great psychological experiments and the ways in which they turned our ideas about ourselves upside down. Alongside these experiments are the lives of the people who created them. They may be experimenting on us, but they are us, and Opening Skinner's Box makes them part of the story. Fascinating, astonishing and sometimes shocking, join Improbable for a rollercoaster ride through the human mind.


Alan Cox, Stephen Harper, Tyrone Huggins, Marven Macbeth, Kate Marvan, Paschale Straighton


Book by: Lauren Slater
Adapted by: Improbable
Producer(s): Improbable, Northern Stage, West Yorkshire Playhouse
Director(s): Phelim McDermott, Lee Simpson
Design: Laura Hopkins
Lighting: Nigel Edwards
Sound: Adrienne Quartly
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Opening Skinner's Box

Opening Skinner's Box (Performance) production archive for QTIX code T01178551069. Details of all Opening Skinner's Box archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1679839146

Archive Listings

20 May 16
21 May 16
Bristol Old Vic
City of Bristol
5 May 16
14 May 16
Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse)
West Yorkshire
21 Apr 16
27 Apr 16
Northern Stage
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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