After hit runs at Assembly, Edinburgh and Theatre 503 - 'Zoo' returns to the stage to coincide with publication by Nick Hern (text available for sale at VAULT 2020).
Welcome to ‘Cherokee Valley Zoo and Conservation Centre’, where the most dangerous event to ever take place was the Tapir's caesarian section. But when a hurricane heads straight for Miami, Bonnie rushes to keep her animals safe. Across the world in the Yorkshire dales – Carol feels the repercussions. However, the danger turns out to be deeper and darker than the weather.
A play about 'climate change' both in the weather and in the discussion of the female experience, our relationships to the natural world, and perceptions of a life well lived.
What do you do when you’ve always liked animals more than people and suddenly those animals are under threat? How do the decisions we make in a crisis shape our destiny?
Sometimes our loyalty and commitment make us who we are... sometimes we drink too many margaritas and go home with Ian Butterwick, giant otter expert and notorious zoo lothario.
From Lily Bevan - co-writer of Talking to Strangers w/Sally Phillips (BBC Radio 4) and writer/performer of Pheasant Plucker (Edinburgh sellout 2015) comes this glorious story of two complex, funny, awkward women. A tale of tragedy, courage, flamingoes and the need to escape.Book Now
'Zoo' is by Lily Bevan, co-directed by Lily and Hamish Macdougall, performed by Lily and Lorna Beckett, published in 2020 by Nick Hern alongside a collection of monologues. Lily co-wrote of 'Talking to Strangers' with Sally Phillips (BBC Radio4): “I doubt there will be anything as seriously funny for years.” - Gillian Reynolds, Telegraph
Lily trained at RADA. Recent acting includes: 'As You Like It', 'Dr Faustus' and 'ThreeMinutes to Midnight' (all Globe Theatre '19) and writing/performing new play 'The French Welcome' (also Globe). She’s currently participating in Channel 4/Sonia Friedman playwriting scheme. Previous writing includes: ‘Pheasant Plucker’ (Underbelly/Bush Theatre, published by SamuelFrench), ‘The Guide’ (Screenplay, co-written with Emma Thompson), ‘Mock Tudor’ (Pleasance/Theatre 503) ‘Café Red’ (TrafalgarStudios), ‘Stephen & The Sexy Partridge’ (co-written with Finnian O’Neill, TrafalgarStudios). Acting includes: ‘A Voyage Round My Father’ (Donmar/Wyndham’s), ‘Kindertransport’ (SharedExperience) and 'Silent Witness' & ‘Dr Who’ (BBC).
Lorna trained at LAMDA. Theatre includes: Cafe Red (Osip/TrafalgarStudios); Twelfth Night/Masters Are You Mad? (Grosvenor Park); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Sheffield/Northern Stage); Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Osip/Finborough); My Mother Said I Never Should (Dukes, Lancaster); Stephen and the Sexy Partridge (Osip); Time and the Conways (National Theatre), Duet For One (Almeida Theatre). Film includes: Overhill (HutchFilms); Showreel (Inbex).
Hamish’s recent directing includes: ‘War Of The Worlds’ (Rhumand Clay/New Diorama/UK and International Tour 2020) ‘Friend’ (Seabright Productions/Edinburgh/Adelaide) ‘Willy’ by William Andrews (Fight In The Dog/Pleasance/ Soho Theatre) 'Hammerhead' (Pleasance comedy show of the year 2017) & 'Soothing Sounds For Baby' by Joseph Morpurgo (Edinburgh/Soho Theatre/UK Tour), 'The Narcissist' and ‘Timber' by Graham Dickson (Underbelly/BAC/Soho Theatre).
Audio performances by: Robert MBook Now
'A Brilliant Play' - The Times
"This show is about much more than flamingoes: Bat lovers should flock to quirky Zoo." - The Times
Guardian best shows at the Ed Fringe '18:
More praise for Lily Bevan previous work: “A classy, likeable exercise in polished surrealism” ★★★★ Time Out Critic’s Choice “Packed with ingenious parodies, ludicrous impersonations and sex” The Times “One of the funniest offerings in the West End this season. Tickets to this short, sweet show should be a must on everybody’s shopping list this year.” ★★★★ The Stage “Gets the biggest laughs of the show... a brilliantly talented comedian” ThreeWeeks “Daft and deliriously funny... Harriet’s personal voyage enables Bevan to reel out a range of perfectly executed and totally bats characters. A strong debut from an undoubted talent” ★★★★ The List “Surreal, funny, even moving...Prizes will surely follow” The Times
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