What a Mouse Knows was a full-length play written and produced as part of the Unknowing Animals ESRC fellowship. The play 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.
Director: Ed Madden
Annalise: Lydia Larson
Edward: Ian Drysdale
Marianne: Nancy Crane
"The play really worked as a whole, such rounded and rich characters with their own rich paths to follow within this conflicting world of animal testing. And the ending!!! Stunning." Helen