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Human Animals

Human Animals

By Stef Smith
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848425286, 128 pages, May 2016


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.

Stef Smith's play Human Animals premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in May 2016, in a production directed by Hamish Pirie.


"[A] superbly written, wildly imaginative and thought-provoking play. " —The Arts Desk

"The disturbing and the dotty, queasiness and quirkiness mingle arrestingly… an impressive Royal Court debut. " —Independent

"Impressive… a chilling vision of dystopian London. " —Guardian

"A dark, surrealist parable with shades of JG Ballard. " —WhatsOnStage

"An attractive blend of black humour and genuinely disturbing ideas. .. vivid and resonant. " —The Stage