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Animal by Jon Bradfield with Josh Hepple

Animal by Jon Bradfield with Josh Hepple


David is gay, disabled and profoundly horny. He can't eat, drink or shower by himself - or wank. Totally inexperienced, he embarks on a sexual and romantic odyssey, armed with a fierce brain, and dick pics that he has to get someone to take.


Can he keep it casual whilst also relying on round-the-clock care? And will he manage the thrill and uncertainty of random hook-ups after a lifetime of knockbacks?


Animal is a hilarious, challenging and heartbreaking play by Jon Bradfield, from a story by Bradfield and Josh Hepple. It won the inaugural Through the Mill Playwriting Prize, was shortlisted for the Papatango Prize, and was first performed at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, and Park Theatre, London, in 2023.



'Bold, outspoken and thoroughly unpredictable... alternately angry and mischievous, droll and unforgettably poignant... a joy' - The Times


'Hard-hitting but wildly entertaining... a zippy, poignant play that never drags, preaches or befuddles ... it's great' - Time Out


'Hilarious and extremely entertaining... David is a complex and flawed character, and his sarcastic quips and rude sense of humour are always a hit... a gem' - Reviews Hub


'A truly special piece of theatre... one of the boldest and most brilliant plays we've seen in a long time... absolutely hilarious... a brilliantly balanced, layered and nuanced show... a show that will resonate with anyone who's experienced the world of modern dating' - Gay Times


'An exceptional piece of theatre... uniquely brilliant in its sensitive foregrounding of a disabled protagonist... searingly insightful, soulfully intimate and utterly hilarious' - The Upcoming

  • Details

    Imprint: Nick Hern Books NHB

    Publication Date: 16 March 2023

    ISBN: 9781839041440

    Pages: 136

    Format: Paperback

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