The Experiment

by  Mark Ravenhill

Short Play, Drama  /  1m or f

If you could cure thousands of a fatal disease by experimenting on a single child, would you do it? 

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The Experiment

by  Mark Ravenhill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

If you could cure thousands of a fatal disease by experimenting on a single child, would you do it? That’s the question posed by the narrator of this story, their personal complicity in the experience a slippery possibility.
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Reviews

"Mark Ravenhill keeps things creepy in his monologue, The Experiment, in which he plays the satiny-voiced, slippery narrator… The story, and the narrator's level of complicity, keeps shifting. Ravenhill asks us to consider which version, if any, might be acceptable, and how much we might be willing to avert our eyes from for the greater good." - Independent

"Crammed with slippery language, it evokes a vortex of atrocity from fairytales to Mengele and Medea." - The Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, The Future
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m or f
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Note from Mark Ravenhill: I'm happy for any of the parts to be played by whoever, whatever gender. The gendered casting is only a suggestion and the parts are open to anyone wherever they are on the gender spectrum. 

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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Pola ...

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The Experiment premiered as a part of the Terror Season at Southwark Playhouse in October of 2010.

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