In 1949, scientist and mathematician Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a hidden, locked room in his house.
Fifty years later, his grandson discovers the secrets contained in the room, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history.
David Byrne's play Secret Life of Humans was first seen during a sell-out, award-winning run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017. It had its London premiere at New Diorama in April 2018, ahead of transferring Off-Broadway.
'Ambitious, intellegent and moving... unfolds with thriller-like precision with real visual flair.' - Guardian
'Bold, beautiful and utterly absorbing theatre, finding the thrilling drama inherent in the human story. It takes your breath away.' - The Stage
'Presented with brilliant imagination... strikingly accomplished, absorbing and enjoyable.' - Scotsman
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About the Author
David Byrne is a playwright, theatre director and Executive Director of London’s New Diorama Theatre. His first play won the Writers’ Guild and List Magazine Awards for Drama in 2014. His other plays include, Secret Life of Humans and a radical adaptation of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London, both of which played to sold out audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and in London, receiving four and five star reviews in the national press, and both transferring Off-Broadway.
David is also a comedy writer, developing both solo projects and joint scripts with writing partner, Richard Hurt. The Party was optioned by BBC comedy, after winning their nationwide Laughing Stock contest. He is the recipient of several Peter Brook Awards, the Off-West End Award for Best Artistic Director, the Enfant Terribles Prize, and was voted one of The Stage’s 100 most influential people working in theatre.