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What a Mouse Knows

What a Mouse Knows centres on an animal welfare scientist, Edward, who suddenly finds himself working with a niece whom he hasn’t seen since his wife committed suicide ten years ago. There is tension between the two of them as they struggle with different understandings of mice, how to handle them and how to treat them, leading to painful questions about whether Jean’s suicide was preventable. When the mouse starts exhibiting strange behaviour, Edward is triggered into an increasingly unethical pursuit of the indicators of emotional distress. The play is about the limits of knowledge – in science, in human and nonhuman relationships, in grief.

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Produced at the Museum of Comedy on 25th March 2022


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"The play really worked as a whole, so rounded and rich characters with their own rich paths to follow within this conflicting world of animal testing. And the ending!!! Stunning." Helen

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