Marek Horn's new play about scientific ethics, faith, and grief.
Professor George Grey is - just like her recently deceased husband - a brilliant behavioural biologist, best known for her pioneering research into octopus intelligence. George & her husband mainly conducted their research on Frances, who still resides in a large, purpose-built tank in George’s campus accommodation.
When ambitious anthropologist Harry arrives at the University, his assignment is shocking to George and threatens to tear her world apart in more ways than one.
Ed Madden returns to the Hampstead Theatre to direct this new play.
“...this play enjoys teasing the audience with arch dialogue and nuggets of arcane insider discourse...There are moments in this 100-minute drama (with no interval) where Horn and the director Ed Madden lead us down one cul-de-sac too many.”
“There’s a deliberate rigidity to the performances, as though the characters are uncomfortably aware that they are being scrutinised by an audience. While the production is frequently static, shifts in time are signalled by explosive movement, with joyful if inexplicable dance passages breaking out, set to the music of David Bowie.”
“Horn’s writing is not only philosophical; it is also bursting with comic one-liners which up-end expectations in a story whose plot twists are determined by the actions of, er, Frances...Ed Madden’s superb production is sensitive to both the thrilling ideas and shifting emotions of the play”
" 'Octopolis' is a theatrical delight that skilfully blends humour with profound emotional depth. It immerses its audience in a captivating world of imagination, wit, conceptual challenges, and emotional depth. A gem for theatre enthusiasts."