Hope Mill Theatre presents


9th March 20232nd April 2023

By Jon Bradfield from a story by Jon Bradfield and Josh Hepple
Co-Produced with Park Theatre, London

Meet David – gay, disabled and profoundly horny. He can’t eat, drink or shower by himself – let alone the rest. Totally inexperienced, he embarks on a sexual and romantic odyssey, armed with a fierce brain and impressive nudes (that he has to get someone else to take). But can David keep it casual whilst also relying on round-the-clock care? Can he manage the thrill and uncertainty of random hook-ups after a lifetime of knock-backs?

Hilarious, challenging and heart-breaking, ANIMAL won our inaugural Through The Mill Prize (Hope Mill Theatre supported by Jonathan Harvey), and was shortlisted in the top five for the Papatango Prize out of more than 1,500 entries.

Jon Bradfield co-wrote Above The Stag Theatre’s acclaimed series of queer adult pantomimes, most recently Dick Whittington – A New Dick in Town (★★★★ The Guardian, ★★★★★ The Stage), and he wrote Missing Alice for the BBC and Old Vic. Josh Hepple is an activist with severe cerebral palsy. He has a masters in law and teaches at various universities. He has been a theatre reviewer, and is an equality trainer and a writer-journalist at The Guardian and Huffington Post.

Accessible Performances

Everyone is welcome at any performance of ANIMAL: it will be an environment in which people can freely express themselves.
We will be monitoring sensory triggers closely and we will update this webpage as soon as any sensory triggers have been confirmed by the show’s creative team.  
We have created additional wheelchair spaces at each performance that can be booked via our website or over the phone. If your booking requires an Essential Companion, please make contact with the theatre in a way that suits you best.
Please see the performance schedule for detailed information on access performances or contact us in a way that suits you best.
boxoffice@hopemilltheatre.co.uk | 0161 275 9141

Dates & Times

Tuesday – Saturday 19:30 Wednesday & Saturday 14:30 Sunday 17:00


9th – 12th March


From £18.50 + £2 booking fee


Captioned: 24th March

Audio Described: 31st March

Relaxed: 22nd March

Semi-Relaxed: 16th March, 18th March, 24th March, 28th March, 31st March

Age Range
Content Warning
Strong Language, Sex Scenes, Sexual Assault, References to Self Harm, Loud Music, Haze & Flashing Lights
Times & Duration

Run time: 2 hours.

Interval: 15 minutes.

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