Opening Skinner’s Box


Improbable Theatre (2016)

Directed by Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson

Lighting design by Nigel Edwards

Inspired by Lauren Slater’s fascinating book, Opening Skinner’s Box tells the stories of ten of the great psychological experiments of the 20th century and the people who created them.

A graphic box serves as an inner stage which the company of improvisors step into and out of. But the box is made of bungee, and soon struggles to contain the stories …

'Laura Hopkins' elastic white cube - at once, a theoretical thinkspace and a glass cage - to play scientists and subjects, lab rats and lobotomy patients. It's like a series of moving diagrams: a theatrical textbook.'