"Detailed and unadorned writing... The writing is so good because its so taut and simple."
"Its simplicity is affecting, and Murdock is scrupulously honest as she considers the nature of altruism, selfishness and the mechanisms of survival."
"Christina Murdock’s one-woman show is a fresh new perspective and a universal tale...an energetically directed, sharply written small-scale tragedy"
"It was a privilege to hear this story, learn from it and tell everyone I know to go and see it. You won’t regret it."
"Told with a simplicity and truth that cuts right to the heart"
"This is a show which gives voice to those in society who do not have their own."
"A powerful exploration of the depth of sisterly love, and the violence of human nature, and represents a point-of-view that we haven’t seen represented on stage before with forthright honesty and immense tenderness."
"Some monologues have an abundance of wit, some are driven by unexpected twists and turns."
"The story is remarkable for its balance of love, sacrifice, and self-awareness."
A kick. A scream. A tantrum. In this family, what’s allowed?
DANGEROUS GIANT ANIMALS is a darkly comedic show about finding your
voice amid your sister's screams. Funny and daring, this new one woman play explores how surreal, challenging, and remarkable disability in a family can be. Featuring divas and dinosaurs, this is a middle child story about growing up too soon alongside a sister who never will.
WINNER: Best Emerging Actress, New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival 2018
WINNER: Edinburgh Festival Inaugural SIT-Up Award 2018
SHORTLISTED: 2018 Clean Break Fringe Support Award
SELECTED: Evening Standard Best New Writing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018
BBC Arts on ‘Disability Shows at the Fringe’
Selected for London's VAULT Festival from 6-10 March, 2019.
Premiered in London at The Park Theatre on 28 October, 2018.
Premiered Off-Broadway in New York City as part of the United Solo Festival on 15 September, 2018.
Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on 3 August, 2018.
Previewed at Old Red Lion Theatre and Theatre503 in July 2018.
Developed through A Pleasance Scratch and the John Thaw Initiative at Tristan Bates Theatre.
Written, Performed, and Produced by Christina Murdock
Associate Produced by Hannah Johnson and Molly Merwin
Directed by Adriana Moore
Dramaturgy by Jessica Lazar
Stage Managed by Flynn White
Lighting by David Doyle
Set and Costume by Anna Lewis
Sound and Music by Nicola Chang
Fight Choreography by Enric Ortuño
Press and PR by Michael Eppy
Marketing by Nora Perone
Poster Photography by Karla Gowlett
Rehearsal Photos by Stacey Sandford
Production Photos by Poppy Templeton
Graphic Design by Chris Lincé and Stacey Sandford
Resources for Support
It is estimated that there are 500,000 young people in the UK with a disabled sibling, many of whom also act as carers. There are around seven million carers in the UK, with three in five people being carers at some point in their lives.
If you or someone you know is looking for support for the themes touched on in this show, we recommend the following UK charities:
Sibs is the UK charity for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults. They provide information and support for child and adult siblings. It is the only UK charity representing the needs of over half a million young siblings and over one and a half million adult siblings. www.sibs.org.uk
Mencap’s mission is to transform society’s attitudes about learning disabilities and improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their families.
Scope's a strong community of disabled and non-disabled people with a shared vision of equality. They provide practical advice and emotional support whenever people need them most. www.scope.org.uk