Zoo, an inventive comedy drama of heroism, feminism and a woman trying to trap 47 flamingos in a urinal, will open at VAULT Festival this month.
Following a hit run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Theatre503 in 2018, and the publication of the play by Nick Hern Books in February 2020, Lily Bevan brings her critically acclaimed two-hander Zoo to VAULT Festival.
A play about ‘climate change’ both in the weather and in the discussion of the female experience, our relationships to the natural world, and perceptions of a life well lived, this is a story of two complex, funny, awkward women. Both are in a mire of bosses, exes and hierarchies, both prefer animals to people, and both need to escape.
Bonnie is busy devoting her life to working at the Cherokee Valley Zoo and Conservation Centre. Carol (Bonnie’s best friend) lives in North Yorkshire, working with bats. Bonnie loves animals, but she struggles with people and has got caught up in some difficult gender politics at the zoo. Carol has her own challenges: her angry ex-husband, her silent son Paul, meddling local caving groups and the South Yorkshire bat group. Bonnie gives Carol the confidence she requires to face a dark day when Paul goes missing in the winding underground caves.
When: 25th February – 1st March 2020
Where: VAULT Festival, Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN
£: Tickets cost £17
More info: vaultfestival.com