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Tank (Breach)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016

Tank Ed2016

In the 1960s, John Lilly led a NASA-funded experiment to teach dolphins to speak English. The experiment notoriously included a young researcher, Margaret, living in close proximity with a dolphin, Peter, and “wanking off his massive dolphin cock”. Breach’s new show tells this story. Using verbatim excerpts from the tapes of the experiment and sound distortion software, two of the company reconstruct parts of what happened, while the other two offer potential details to fill in the gaps. The company is very aware of our urge to humanise dolphin behaviour and the way the story has been sensationalised in the public imagination. They offer an ethically aware plurality of interpretations. A smart, engaging, well-performed show about how stories are told.

Pleasance Dome, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]