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Life's a monkey Intro
Wickedly funny and tragic in turn, Life's a Monkey is an intriguing puzzle drama in which particle physics, politics and personal relationships collide and in which nothing is ever quite what it seems.
The elusive Higgs Boson - the invisible 'God' particle - will, if its existence is proven, confirm scientific assumptions about the birth of the universe and life itself.
This great scientific mystery is one of many mysteries and puzzles that spin through Life's A Monkey. And at the heart of all the mysteries are the drama's three magicians - the beautiful, enigmatic Ophelia (Susannah Doyle from TV's Drop the Dead Donkey), the elegant but oddball physicist Max Charman and the Soviet writer and artist B.
Conceived as a set of experiments, Life's a Monkey continually challenges the opinions and assumptions of its audience. Yet as in particle physics which holds that the act of observation changes the thing observed, the audience slowly become a critical part of the drama.
Life's A Monkey is the result of a three-year collaboration between director Ken McMullen (Zina, 1871, Ghost Dance, Partition), writer Michael Benson and scientists and technicians working at CERN, Geneva.
Life is a Monkey has been made possible by a major grant from the European Community's European Science Week Fund, and with the support of the London Institute - the world's largest educational establishment for art, design and communications.
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