• Duration: 1 hour
  • Tickets: Standard £13 | Pay more £15 | Pay less £11
  • Company: Hooky Productions
  • Ages: 12+


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Contains dark humour, references to abuse and drug use.

Monkion has spent too long in the attic, obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch, never talking to any other human – until now…

Blending dark comedy with the surreal, Experiment Human tells the story of Monkion, a non-human creature, curious to understand the strange world outside their laboratory in the attic. Having seized actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the height of his fame to protect him from the media, Monkion has failed to give Cumberbatch what he needs to survive.

Join Monkion in their new experiment: Experiment Human. Enter the narrative and the dark truth of Monkion’s story will unfold…

Will the experiment succeed? What will happen if it doesn’t?

We’ll find out.

Hooky Productions is an award-winning Oxford-based theatre company created by sisters Rosa and Maya Hallpike. At Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022, Experiment Human won a Scotsman Fringe Award, supporting the company to take ‘Experiment Human’ to Brighton Fringe Festival 2023. Monkion continues to evolve and is looking forward to meeting new audiences at the Old Fire Station – where it all began!

★★★★ “This surreal, quirky and at times bonkers show from Hooky Productions uses impressive comedy and outstanding physical performances to break down complex questions of what it means to be human.” – Everything Theatre

“Experiment Human is among the oddest shows I’ve seen, which makes it very odd indeed” – Richard Stamp (Founder of Fringe Guru)

Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2022
Best Comedy – Everything Theatre Awards 2023
Innovation Award – VAULT Festival 2023 (Nominee)

Praise for previous work:

★★★★ “it’s all there, it’s all utterly ridiculous, and it’s all utterly fantastic” – Edfringe Review

“excellent physical comedy” – Daily Info

Photo credit: @michaeloreillyphotographer

Parking & Access


There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

Getting here

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

Events in the Theatre

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) and we will talk with you about your needs.

Events in the Studio

There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.

Events in the Loft

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.

The Gallery

There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.


Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.