THE UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES OF DARWIN THE CHIMP
In a small cage, behind narrow bars, lived Darwin - a fitting name for a chimp don't you think? Darwin was trapped in a life with no freedom and wanted something more. Every day he was gawped at, poked and taunted. And if that wasn’t enough, he was completely alone. Darwin always wondered what life was like beyond the four walls of the zoo.
When a postcard is dropped in front of Darwin’s cage, everything changes. Reaching through the bars, he picks it up and sees himself. Not actually himself, but others just like him. Except they were in a different place, a place that was green and fruitful. They were together and happy. Like the chimpanzees in the photo, Darwin wished he could swing amongst the highest of trees and eat the freshest fruit. But most of all, he longed for a family and somewhere to belong.
One day, Darwin has the chance to leave the zoo behind him and enter the big wide world. On his journey to the place on the postcard, he encounters an array of characters that teach him the true value of friendship. However, Darwin also comes face to face with someone who has a very different idea of where his home should be...
Award-winning Ditto Theatre Company presents this original story that combines storytelling, puppetry and movement. Join us on an adventure of friendship, family and what it means to be home.
The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin The Chimp has been developed with the help of the No Strings Attached Grant, which was awarded to Ditto in October 2018 by Farnham Maltings. With the help of In Good Company's Artist Support Fund, Ditto will be developing the show further in 2020 ready for touring.
Photos by Polly Bycroft-Brown Photography