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                Praise               

"Detailed and unadorned writing... The writing is so good because its so taut and simple."

The Stage

★★★★

"Christina Murdock’s one-woman show is a fresh new perspective and a universal tale...an energetically directed, sharply written small-scale tragedy"

The Scotsman 

"Its simplicity is affecting, and Murdock is scrupulously honest as she considers the nature of altruism, selfishness and the mechanisms of survival."

Lyn Gardner

★★★★★

"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."

Feminist Fringe  

 ★★★★★

"Told with a simplicity and truth that cuts right to the heart"

UK Theatre Web

★★★★

"This is a show which gives voice to those in society who do not have their own."

The Wee Review  

"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."

Bechdel Theatre

★★★★

"Some monologues have an abundance of wit, some are driven by unexpected twists and turns."

Breaking the Fourth Wall

★★★★

"The story is remarkable for its balance of love, sacrifice, and self-awareness."

Fringe Fan

              Summary              

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.

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Written & Performed by Christina Murdock

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:

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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. 

        www.mencap.co.uk

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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

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