Earth has reached the end of its oil supply and the future looks bleak. The only glimmer of hope lies with primatologist Dr. Swansong and his subject, a bonobo called Dean. The plot is a complex one featuring sinister government organisations, eugenics and environmental apocalypse.
Based on the claims of evolutionary psychology and set amidst the twin threats of ‘peak oil’ and climate change, this darkly comic show combines performance-lecture, animated film, physical theatre and a range of puppet styles in a work of social-science-fiction.
By conveying current research within a humorous, fictional narrative, the show engages with fresh perspectives on the nature of our predicament.
Dean Gibbons and the Knowledge of Death toured to the Sprint Festival, Camden People’s Theatre, London; The Point, Eastleigh; The Arches, Glasgow; The Tobacco Factory, Bristol; The Basement, Brighton; Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester; Shunt Vaults, London; Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax; and The Hawth, Crawley.