Huxley’s Lab


Mark Fisher, The Guardian

Rather than treading familiar ground, the production by Ben Harrison and Maria Oller is fresh, funny and polemical…Harrison’s script successfully connects a crackpot theory from the 1930s to today…the ‘naturals’ presence- joyful, vulgar, defiant- is a stinging reminder of what happens when eugenics is applied to the splendid variety of real life. All too convincingly, the staff promote an atomised lifestyle that rejects the messiness of the family in favour of pneumatic bodies and pornographic pleasure. ..the play brilliantly engages with a deep neurosis in our ‘fitter, happier, more productive’ time.’

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

Ben Harrison and Maria Oller’s production makes inspired use of the Informatics Forum… the use of music (by Philip Pinsky) ranges fascinatingly from atmospheric and doom-laden background noise to brisk little pep-songs for the perfect…strikingly effective simple choreography from Janis Claxon and the leading performances all have a piercing clarity…an experience that those who see it are unlikely to forget.