Religion meets evolution in Andrew Corbet Burcher’s new comedy Going Ape!, which makes the Union Theatre its Garden of Eden next month. Time to book your tickets!
The tale of an extremely unusual meeting runs at the Southwark venue from 7 to 18 April 2020.
In the beginning,according to the Bible, God created man in the form of Adam and Eve… who lived for 900 years. Yes, really. Meanwhile, according to science, man was busy evolving from the great apes, in the form of Australopithecines. But what if the two met..?
Going Ape! sets Adam and Eve in middle age, just 300 years old, living in a simple woodland home following their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. They are both waiting for the arrival of their eldest son Cain, who’s dropping in for a short visit home to break the monotony of his endless wandering life – a life sentence imposed on him by God for killing his brother Abel. In a clash of theories, Cain brings with him a woman he’s met in Africa, none other than Australopithecus Afarensis, or Lucy for short. As the two examples of early human life are thrown together it soon becomes clear that they are destined to put on the first show on earth: Going Ape!
When Corbet Burcher is not writing plays, he runs the Dance Attic dance and rehearsal studios in Fulham, founded with then-wife Dee Dee Wilde in 1982. An earlier version of Going Ape! was actually staged at the venue in 2018 with a cast including Delroy Atkinson, Jacqui Sanchez, Jon Robyns, Gemma Oaten, Adam Pettigrew and Anabel Kutay. It received four-star reviews from North West End Reviews and Theatre Review. Corbet Burcher’s other plays include Last Tango in Toytown, written while he was serving in the Royal Artillery.
Evan Ensign, who directed the first production of Going Ape!, returns to direct the Union Theatre production. He previously directed the 20th anniversary US tour of RENT, Richard Thomas‘ Wrong Songs for Christmas at the National Theatre, UK tours of Avenue Q and Just a Housewife, and New York productions of Womyn In Three, Out of the Reach of Children and Simone at Town Hall.
Casting for the new production is yet to be announced. This may be due to the fact that finding actors with a playing age of 300 years old, in the case of Adam and Eve, or 3.5 million years old for Lucy, is proving tricky.
Going Ape! runs at The Union Theatre, 229 Union Street, Southwark, SE1 0LR from 7 to 18 April 2020, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays 7.30pm, matinees Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!