“A quirky, thought-provoking two-hander” ★★★★
– The Telegraph
Inspired by true accounts of research scientists working to communicate with animals, Like Animals weaves stories of human-animal communication around an exploration into the real-life relationship of performers Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon.
Every night, Alex the parrot and Irene the scientist bid one another farewell with ‘be good, see you tomorrow, I love you.’ As time marches on and their relationship deepens, Alex begins to use the language he has learned from Irene to manipulate her. Peter the dolphin lives in a flooded house with Margaret, who is teaching him English. Working together in a bizarre NASA-funded experiment, their relationship garners unwelcome attention in the press with headlines such as ‘The Woman who lived in sin with a dolphin’ (The Telegraph, June 2014). Delving into the research, Kim and Pete tell these stories with only a paddling pool and a couple of wetsuits.
MJ McCarthy’s delicate score and Rachel O’Neill’s surreal, contemporary design draws audiences into the joy and heartbreak of trying, and sometimes failing, to understand another being.
“Cleverly and deliberately entertaining …a production that asks chewy questions” ★★★★ – Herald Scotland
Saturday 4 April – Comar, Mull
Tuesday 7 April – The Pagoda, Grantown-on-Spey
Thursday 9 April – Lyth Arts, Wick
Friday 10 April – Gable End, Orkney
Wednesday 15 April – Summerhall, Edinburgh
Thursday 16 April – East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride
Friday 17 April – Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley
Sunday 19 April – Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon
Tuesday 21 April – Tayvallich Village Hall, Tayvallich, Argyll
Thursday 23 April – The Barn, Banchory
Friday 24 April – MacRobert, Stirling
Saturday 25 April – The Byre, St Andrews
Monday 27 April – Platform Theatre, Glasgow
Thursday 30 April – MacArts, Galashiels
Friday 1 May – The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Created by Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon
Devised + performed by Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon
Directed + devised by Ellie Dubois
Music + sound design by Michael John McCarthy
Dramaturgy by Xana Marwick
Visual dramaturgy by Rachel O’Neill
Lighting design by Benny Goodman
Photos by Mihaela Bodlovic.