Animal unleashed in three cities

Published: 5 February 2023
Reporter: David Upton

Getting fruity - Animal

Park Theatre and Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester present a brand-new play Animal, exploring how disability, sexuality and lust coexist for people who require round-the-clock assistance.

Written by Jon Bradfield and developed by disability activist and equality trainer Josh Hepple, it looks at hook-up culture, navigating relationships and how they intersect with practical needs and social barriers for disabled people.

The play tours to Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and Park Theatre in London, from March 9 to April 2.

Christopher John-Slater plays David—gay, disabled and profoundly horny. David can’t eat, drink or shower by himself without an assistant, let alone the rest... Totally inexperienced and refusing to let his impairment stop him, David embarks on a sexual and romantic odyssey, armed with wit, charm and impressive nudes—although somebody else had to take them.

Accessibility is at the heart of Animal—everyone is welcome at any performance. The performance will be an environment where people can freely express themselves and experience the show according to their needs. Additional wheelchair spaces will be available at each performance and specific relaxed or semi-relaxed performances will be available at all venues along with advance notice of any sensory triggers. There will also be audio-described, captioned and touch tour performances.

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