Like Animals

Theatre (contemporary)

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  • Summerhall - Old Lab
  • 14:15
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: SUPERFAN in association with Tron Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Strobe, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    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 do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


A parrot says 'I love you'. A dolphin tries to speak. A woman spends a lifetime trying to understand. Like Animals is a funny and poignant investigation into love and communication in human (and not-so-human) relationships. Inspired by true stories of animal language experiments and performed by a real couple, it blends surreal comedy with moments of tenderness and vulnerability to explore the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone else.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go through the double doors at ground level next to the shop shed, past the Anatomy Lecture Theatre and through the double doors, take a right; down to the end of the corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 16 August
  • Type: NotSelected
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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  • 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

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 84 days ago

Like Animals, from real-life couple Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon, is an exploration into what it is to love. It's a charming two-handler, mixing stories from their own relationship with historic experiments with animals - in particular, our attempts to teach animals how to speak. In the 1970s, Irene Pepperberg...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

In the 1960s, the US space agency NASA launched experiments in communicating with dolphins: if we could talk to other animals, it was thought, or make them talk to us, we could do the same with aliens....

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UK Theatre Network (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

When something is inspired by true stories of scientists you’d expect it to be pretty dry; even heavy going perhaps. But Like Animals is anything but.

Using performers Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon’s real-life relationship as a foundation, award-winning Ellie Dubois directs a funny and poignant investigation into love and communication in both humans and animals.

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Over and over comes the instruction:‘say better!’. And Peter the dolphin (in the 60’s) and Alex the grey parrot (in the 70’s) valiantly attempt to replicate the English words that scientists are speaking at them. The dolphin project came to nothing, the parrot eventually memorised over 250 words - impressive,...

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The List (3/5 stars) 105 days ago

Poetic and absurd piece examines emotional attachment in its most oppressive form...

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Arthur's Seat (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

SUPERFAN’s Like Animals is an experiment and an exploration, that looks into human relationships through its comparison to the rapport between people and their animals. Specifically, it interrogates the romantic relationship between actors on stage – plus a couple of real-life, documented cases where scientists formed distinct types of bonds with animals whilst teaching them to speak.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

The way in which people communicate with and love one another is the focus of Like Animals. The show is written and performed by Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon who are a couple in real life and are also the creative team behind the new Scottish theatre company Superfan. The...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 108 days ago

Parrots are learning to speak; dolphins and humans are living together; and real life couple Kim and Pete are trying to talk to each other clearly. Like Animals weaves these stories—at turns surreal, funny and sad—together cleverly, using real-life animal experiments from the 1960s and 1970s to explore present day...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 108 days ago

In the 1960s, a scientist named Margaret Lovatt attempts on behalf of NASA to teach a dolphin called Peter to speak, in case aliens arrive and need to be communicated with. In the 1970s, another scientist named Irene Pepperberg begins teaching a parrot called Alex a vast vocabulary. In the...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 110 days ago

At a moment when we urgently need to reassess our relationship with the natural world, an exploration of human-animal connections feels timely. Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon’s sweet two-hander blurs the usually sharp division between human and not-human, while posing the question of how much we can ever really know...

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