Experiment Human

Comedy (absurdist, interactive)

  • Laughing Horse @ Dragonfly - Main Room
  • 17:45
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Hooky Productions / Free Festival
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing themes. Pay What You Can in advance to guarantee entry or turn up at the venue for free, with the option of donating at the end of the show
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year
Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+


Blending dark comedy with the surreal, Experiment Human tells the story of Monkion, a non-human creature, curious to understand the world outside their laboratory in the attic. Having kidnapped the actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the height of his fame to protect him from the media, Monkion sets out to answer the ultimate question: what makes humans happy? Will the experiment succeed this time? What will happen if it doesn't? We'll find out... 'Brilliant and batshit... strikingly original with moments of absolute comic genius' **** (EdfringeReview.com).

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Passageway to room on same floor as entrance/bar, with 4 steps up to access the room.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 10 August, 17 August, 24 August, 4 August, 5 August, 6 August, 7 August, 28 August, 21 August, 14 August, 23 August, 16 August, 9 August, 11 August, 12 August, 13 August, 20 August, 19 August, 18 August, 25 August, 26 August, 27 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Although audience participation is a part of the performance, none of the participation is required. We will have a row of safe seats for audience members who really don't want to be interacted with. The door to the main entrance of the venue will be open, however for sound proofing the door to the show room will be closed, although audiences will be allowed to move in and out as they please. Our venue unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible. Includes short introduction at the start of the show.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

James 35 days ago

Surreal and fascinating- 5/5 would attempt to help Monkions understand human facial expressions again

Jo 47 days ago

Experiment Human is a deep dive into the subconscious. A stripping away of social conventions to understand human nature.
An exploration about what it means to be human which might not necessarily yield clear answers.
We bought into the world of the Monkion who displayed raw emotions through their movement and facial expressions, and although we laughed at them, there was also embarrassment at seeing those emotions expressed so openly. It was funny, awkward and absolutely bonkers! We loved it.

Yaz 54 days ago

Experiment human is a real fringe experience! It's unique, wild and definitely hilarious. The human-Monkian interactions really make the show, go and see this and get involved!

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