[R&D Supported by ACE & The Hall for Cornwall]
In 1917 Franz Kafka told the story of an ape that made itself a human. Imitating the worst excesses of its captors it finally gained acceptance… as a variety performer. In 1967 Desmond Morris published the Human Zoo. His central theory: that modern humans resemble animals raised in captivity, divorced from their natural environment yet driven by underlying animal instincts. In 2017 One third of the UK’s children spends less time outdoors than its prisoners. By 2018 the UK is declared the most obese nation in Europe. Public Health England considers Physical Inactivity an epidemic, responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and linked to anxiety, depression and numerous other conditions.
In ZOO HUMANS The Urban Playground Team brings Attenborough’s smooth narrative to a Kafka-esque reality in which a group of humans have forgotten how to move. As they slowly become aware of the artificial world in which they’re living they must decide if they’ll chose to risk their comfort for freedom beyond the confines of a cage…
‘Every ten years, an area the size of Britain disappears under a jungle of concrete’
David Attenborough, Planet Earth II
‘Freedom was not what I wanted. Only a way out…To get out! Only not to stay motionless… crushed…’
Kafka, A Report To An Academy