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Instructions on How to Cry is a new devised play exploring the science and mystery of emotional tears which appear to be solely present in Homo Sapiens and their role in human evolution. Mixing clowning, physical comedy, live music and audience interaction, the show invites audiences to have fun and celebrate theatre. At the heart of the performance lies the question: what makes us human?
The piece uses scientific research on crying as a source for comedy to highlight the way in which humans use crying to connect, regulate emotions and stay alive. The simplicity and mundane platitudes of each instruction/experiment gives way to multiple misunderstandings and creations of surreal physicality between the two female central characters, a scientist, and a subject of research.
The show is based on surrealist texts and conversations between director Andrea and Professor Sophie Scott, Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.
Cast & Creative Team Devised by the company, conceived and directed by Andrea Cabrera Luna (Anahat Theatre)
Cast includes: Sita Pieraccini and Nikki Hill
Choreography: Tess Letham
Dramaturgical advisor: Katy Nixon