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Origin Of The Species

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Archaeologist Molly gets more than she bargained for after discovering a prehistoric skeleton. Read More >

Origin Of The Species marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species.

When archaeologist Molly discovers a prehistoric skeleton on a dig in Africa, she doesn’t expect it to return to life and take up residence in her small cottage in Yorkshire.

But Victoria isn’t just any Neanderthal woman: she’s good with fire, a mean dancer, and determined to show the modern world just where it’s gone wrong for the past four million years.

A clever and quirky comedy by Bryony Lavery the award-winning writer of Frozen and Kursk.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 27/10/2009

Opening Night: 30/10/2009

Closing Night: 21/11/2009

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Cast & Creative


Clare-Hope Ashitey, Marjorie Yates


Director - Tom Littler

Designer - Victoria Johnstone

Lighting Designer - Christopher Nairne

Author - Bryony Lavery

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