Presented by Cup of Brew

“One zoo, the nineteen nineties. One freakishly strong three year old girl. Two parents distracted by lemurs or a keeper or a speck of dust or something. And two apes.”

As a child, Alice fell into an orangutan enclosure, an event that influenced the rest of her life. Or maybe it hasn’t influenced anything. She’s not sure. But she’s going to figure it out.

From Papatango shortlisted writer Toby King, Orangutan is the story of one woman trying to understand how she ended up here - wherever here is.
It asks: what makes a person anyway? Is it just humans, or is it bigger than that? And how do we judge our success if the most important thing that happened to us is falling into an orangutan enclosure?

A hilarious and heartfelt show about what it means to be human, what it means to matter, and how we can move on.

Theatre & Performance
Varies06 — 10 Mar
Cavern - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
Combo OfferComedyDramaMember OfferSolo Performer
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About the company

Cup of Brew

At Cup of Brew, we make theatre that is just like a good cup of tea - it's an excellent facilitator for some of life's deepest conversations, it warms the soul, and is best experienced with a healthy supply of biscuits.

Cup of Brew was founded in 2015 by Toby King and Timothy Kelly while both studying at The University of York. Their first show, Alan and Bennett was performed at The Rabbit Hole NW3, as part of the 2015 Camden Fringe, before heading to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe with a sister show A Matter of Life and Death.

After a brief hiatus to sort their lives out, Cup of Brew is excited to be returning to the fray with Toby's new play Orangutan at VAULT Festival 2019.


Director: Fiona Kingwill
Writer: Toby King
Lighting Designer / Production Manager: Timothy Kelly
Sound Designer: JP Guerrier
Associate Director: Katie Smith
Production Assistant: Martha Owen

Press & Reviews

“Vibrant writing and a dynamic performance”
York Press

Praise for previous work:

"this play is a total triumph, a beautiful homage to the writer’s style and art and a powerful pushing of that style to its theatrical extreme"
EdFringe Review ★★★★★ (for Alan and Bennett)

"Toby King’s script is subtle and involving"
ScotsGay (for Alan and Bennett)

"an exceptionally well-crafted comic drama"
Broadway Baby ★★★★★ (for A Matter of Life and Death)

"It has the candour of a late-night heart-to-heart, when emotional defences crumble and deep thoughts are willingly shared [...] beneath the humour and the personal stories, this is a tough-talking but ultimately hopeful commentary on the certainty that all life will end."
FringeGuru ★★★★★ (for A Matter of Life and Death)