Are There Female Gorillas?

Meet Girl and Gorilla. They have been together for as long as they can remember. Ever since they were born into a world of patriachal gaze. Girl is shaved. Gorilla is hairy. This is a problem. One which they can't solve easily.

Are There Female Gorillas? is a response to the #metoo campaign and the surge of mainstream feminism. This is a two-women show insipired by real-life female experiences, particularly our insecurities surrounding body hair, breaking out of the mould of being a "lady" and the feeling of being pulled between societal expectation and our own animalistic, natural selves.

Created by experimental artist Grace SDS and writer/actor Sophie Ablett, this is a show that blends spoken word, childhood games, naturalist new writing and facts about gorillas.

Are There Female Gorillas? premiered at Black Box Festival at The Etcetera Theatre.


Girl: Sophie Ablett

Gorilla: Grace Strickland de Souza


Devised & Written by: Sophie Ablett & Grace Strickland de Souza

Poster Design: Erik Lintunen

About the Company: Sophie Ablett & Grace Strickland De Souza

Sophie Ablett and Grace Strickland de Souza, are theatre-makers who first worked together on The Female Gaze at The Cockpit in June 2017, produced by Rich Creative. They begun to collaborate in Nov ’17.

Sophie is a Lecoq-trained actor/writer, whose work includes:
Writing Credits: HighTide Academy 2017. Plays at The Cockpit and Theatre 503.
Acting Credits: Taboo BBC1/FX, Bobbie in The Railway Children (West End), Florence in feature film REPROBATE.
Spoken Word Credits: YouTube channel LiNES, brand ambassador for ASICS, performed for UN HeForShe campaign at Vaults with ThisIsWired.

Grace is a performance maker, director and writer, whose work includes:
Devising/Directing Credits: Productions performed at CPT, The Cockpit, Ugly Duck, CSM Studio and Hackney Attic
Performance Credits: Roles at the Platform Theatre, Toynbee Studios, and at The Royal Academy of Arts.


They share a particular forward-looking, experimental and activist vision of theatre. Through their collaboration they create interdicsiplinary performance which uses genre-crossing text, visual mediums and movement to engage audiences in new and unexpected ways.

Company Reviews

2 years old, the first time I can blurry remember being a “pretty little girl” in my pretty little dress, even with my gorilla.’ 

Production Details

    Run Time:
  • One Act: 55 mins

  • Age Restrictions:
  • Unrated

  • Tickets:
  • £10.00 Standard
  • £8.00 Concession
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  • Sun 29th Apr 2018 - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 30th Apr 2018 - 7:30 pm
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