Stef Smith’s debut Royal Court Theatre play, directed by Hamish Pirie opened at the Royal Court last night. Have a read of what some of the critics have been saying about it… 

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The Telegraph: “There are flashes of brilliance in both the writing and the direction but both, ultimately, throw too much into the pot.”

The Arts Desk: “superbly written, wildly imaginative and thought-provoking play.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “By linking ecological conservation with political conservatism, Smith taps into two potent contemporary fears and, if Pirie’s production is tattily over-active, it’s also skin-crawling and sharp.”

The Upcoming: **** “the message needs to be blunt to fully register; as Smith shows, humanity has more than proved its willingness to sleepwalk through environmental devastation until it is too late.”

British Theatre Guide: “Stef Smith has written a powerful, poetic and at times sophisticated contemporary play.”

Evening Standard:*** “There are dazzling flashes of humour, but the briskness of the storytelling means some characters feel underdeveloped and the piece’s epic scope doesn’t have enough breathing space.”

The Independent:**** “A very promising debut which the Court has done proud.”

Human Animals is on at the Royal Court Theatre until the 18th June. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/humananimals

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