Arcola Theatre marked the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with a revival of Bryony Lavery’s re-imagining of the theory of evolution, Origin of the Species.
Archaeologist Molly discovers a prehistoric skeleton on a dig in Africa, a skeleton that returns to life as 'Victoria' and takes up residence with Molly in Yorkshire. Origin of the Species questions the theory of evolution. What if there are things the Victorian scientists didn’t know about early man and woman? What if the historians missed the most important parts of the story? What if evolution has been one giant leap backwards for womankind?
The play was first produced in 1984 at the Birmingham Repertory Company Studio, following development with Monstrous Regiment, a feminist theatre company devising and producing plays from 1975 to 1993.