Tank

"Don't even think in your own language. English, all the time!"

In 1965, an American scientist lived with a dolphin for ten weeks to try and teach him to speak English - part of NASA-funded research project into human-animal communication.

Condemned by the wider scientific community as an elaborate circus trick, Margaret's lessons and intimate contact with Peter remain a controversial episode in the space race between the two Cold War superpowers.

Tank rips this special relationship apart - with conflicting narratives, psychedelic dance routines and cinematic visions. A reflection on the politics that shape the stories we tell and the histories we know, it has been called a "funny, dark and strangely dreamy work about the futility and fanaticism in humankind's desire to colonise the other" (Time Out).


Directed by
Billy Barrett
Ellice Stevens

Video by
Dorothy Allen-Pickard

Written by
The directors and original cast


Performed by
Joe Boylan
Craig Hamilton
Ellice Stevens
Victoria Watson
 

Additional performances with
Bryony Davies
Sophie Steer

Produced by
Billy Barrett

Tank was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and supported by Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama Theatre and Theatre Delicatessen.

Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award

★★★★ "Wow, is all I can say"

The Times

★★★★ "Witty but disturbing ... brilliant"
The Stage

★★★★ "Cleverly pitched, often comic, multi-layered show"
The Guardian

★★★★ "Raw, joyous psych-rock freakout"
The Scotsman