From two pairs of mice, a utopian experiment devolves into a hell… Site-specific theatre and an audio guide combine for a new and innovative theatre form.
The extinction of The Beautiful Ones…?
In the 1960s, there was a sociological experiment called the ‘mouse utopia’. The mice were put in an enclosure with no predators, unlimited food, but a limited amount of space. For a while, the mice bred peacefully. But once the mouse population reached a certain density, their behaviour started to change…
They stopped breeding, started to kill their own children, and some stopped interacting. These would only eat, groom themselves and stay isolated in their own small spaces. These were called ‘The Beautiful Ones’
We cannot escape the density of urban space and lifestyle, in this crowded lifestyle technology develops quickly, and we have stopped communicating, depending instead on the small screens of our phones to escape the reality of our cramped spaces.
Are we gradually turning into ‘The Beautiful Ones’?
A new theatre experience
The show is divided into two parts, making use of both the city environment as well as a black box theatre. The show explores our living environment, its relationship to technology and the effect these have on our behaviour. The first half takes the form of a guided audio tour. The audience will need to use their mobile phones (iOS 8.0 or above / Android 4.0 or above) and headphones. They will then be invited to download our app (wifi will be provided), and it will help them through the process of following to the guide, beginning in San Po Kong’s Tai Yau Street. The second half takes place in We Draman’s black box theatre, which will give the audience a chance to sit down – the performance involves physical theatre, polyphonic song and Greek myth.