Extinction of the
Learned Response

By Emme Hoy

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 7 – 25 May 2019

“Eyebrows up and in.
Lower lid contracted.
Upper lid raised.
Lip corners pulled sideways.
What is it?”



In a spotless room, four people are having tea.

Duncan and Marlow are scientists. Rachel and Wells are their subjects, and they can almost pass for human now…

But Wells is growing stronger and Rachel is learning faster than predicted, and Duncan and Marlow’s hold on them – and on power – is proving more fragile than expected. Tensions are rising, tempers are fraying, and somewhere in the darkness, tenderness blossoms, and a carefully controlled experiment begins to twist into something far stranger, and far more obscure…

Brutal, bold and gripping, Extinction of the Learned Response asks what really makes us human. Can it be taught, replicated, removed? And once you take humanity away, what’s hiding underneath?

Presented in association with Glitterbomb


Director Carissa Licciardello
Writer Emme Hoy
Set & Costume Designer Ella Butler
Sound Designer Ben Pierpoint
Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee
Producer Michelle Sverdloff
Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager Jana Vass
Stage Manager Bronte Schuftan


Tel Benjamin
Sarah Meacham
Eddie Orton
Jennifer Rani

  • WHAT IS 25A?

    This show is part of 25A.
    It has been made by independent and emerging artists.
    They have produced and marketed it themselves.
    They get 100% of the box office and the theatre for free.
    Their task is to make a show for less than $1500.

    Thanks for supporting the artists of the future.

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