Great Apes archiveWhen 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.


Donna Berlin, John Cummins, Bryan Dick, Ruth Everett, Ruth Lass, Vivienne Smith, Stephen Ventura


Author: Will Self
Producer: Arcola Theatre
Adapted by: Patrick Marmion
Director(s): Oscar Pearce, Jonnie Riordan (movement director), Tom Espiner (puppets)
Design(s): Sarah Beaton, Maia Kirkman-Richards
Lighting: Matt Haskins
Sound: Daniel Balfour
Stage Manager(s): Catherine Cooper, Sophie Macfadyen (assistant)
Costume: Kate Hemstock
Other: Peter Elliott (Chimp Consultant)

Great Apes

Great Apes (Play) production archive for QTIX code T692095547. Details of all Great Apes archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0650952350

Archive Listings

14 Mar 18
21 Apr 18
Inner London, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


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