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Going Ape! - Dance Attic Studios

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DANCE Attic Studios is presenting the next in its in-house produced shows, Going Ape! on October 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2018.

Written by Andrew Corbet Bucher, Going Ape! challenges both religion and science by bringing together various “first” humans, played by a multi-ethnic cast. Their last production, Isolated Incident, ran at Dance Attic in 2017 to sell-out houses.

In the beginning, according to the Bible, God created man in the form of Adam and Eve. In the beginning, according to the scientists, however, man evolved from apes in the form of Australopithicenes.

Going Ape! sets Adam and Eve, who lived for 900 years, in a simple woodland scene some 300 years after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. They are both waiting for the arrival of their eldest son Cain, dropping in for a short visit home to break the monotony of his endlessly wandering life – a life sentence imposed on him by God for killing his brother Abel.

In a clash of theories, though, Cain brings with him a woman he’s met in Africa, and she is none other than Australopithicus Afarensis, discovered some years ago in the Olduvai Gorge, Africa, Her remains showed that she was possibly the earliest example of a hominid walking semi-upright and leading anthropologists affectionately decided to call her Lucy.

Playwright Andrew Corbet Bucher is the director of Dance Attic Studios, and also wrote last year’s piece Isolated Incident. Dance Attic provides rehearsal space for the entertainment industry as well as dance classes for the budding amateur.

Director Evan Ensign is an American director/associate director/resident director who has been living in the UK for eight years. He has substantial Broadway, West End and touring theatre experience in the UK and US, with recent credits including Rent (Worklight Productions, US Tour), Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre), Avenue Q (Misi Produciones, Bogota) and resident director of The Phantom of the Opera (West End) in 2016-17.

Going Ape! is performed by Delroy Atkinson, Jacqui Sanchez, Jon Robyns, Gemma Oaten, Anabel Kutay and Adam Pettigrew.

Tickets: £15. To book, call 020 7610 2055 or visit www.danceattic.com/dance-attic-productions.

Times: October 6 and 13 at 8pm and October 7 and 14 at 7pm.

Running Time: 60 minutes (no interval).

Dance Attic Studios, 368 North End Road, London, SW6 1LY