Monkion has spent too long in the attic, obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch, never talking to any other human – until now…
Blending dark comedy with the surreal, Experiment Human tells the story of Monkion, a non-human creature, curious to understand the strange world outside their laboratory in the attic. Having seized actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the height of his fame to protect him from the media, Monkion has failed to give Cumberbatch what he needs to survive.
Now Monkion needs your help. Join Monkion in their new experiment: Experiment Human. Enter the narrative and the dark truth of Monkion’s story will unfold…
Will the experiment succeed? What will happen if it doesn’t?
We’ll find out.
Hooky Productions is an award-winning Oxford-based theatre company created by sisters Rosa and Maya Hallpike. Together they create surreal comedy that you’re bound to remember, sprung from creating characters as children which grew alongside them into adulthood. The sisters brought their debut show "Sis!" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, where Monkion first made their cameo. After various setbacks due to Covid-19, 'Experiment Human' finally premiered at The Cockpit in London in July. At Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022, the show won a major Fringe Society Award. The Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence in Association with the Rotunda Theatre will be supporting Rosa and Maya to take 'Experiment Human' to Brighton Fringe Festival 2023. Monkion continues to evolve and is looking forward to meeting new audiences at VAULT Festival 2023!
Press & Reviews
Winner of Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence in Association with the Rotunda Theatre
Everything Theatre ★★★★ "This surreal, quirky and at times bonkers show from Hooky Productions uses impressive comedy and outstanding physical performances to break down complex questions of what it means to be human."
Richard Stamp (Founder of Fringe Guru) "Experiment Human is among the oddest shows I've seen, which makes it very odd indeed"
Praise for previous work
Edfringe Review ★★★★ ""it's all there, it's all utterly ridiculous, and it's all utterly fantastic"
Daily Info "excellent physical comedy"
Cast & Creative Team Performer / Producer: Maya Hallpike
Performer / Producer: Rosa Hallpike
Accessibility Officer: Trinity Griffin
Publicity Designer: Gosia Gudel
Photography: Michael O'Reilly and Anuj Chaman