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HOME & Bourgeois and Maurice presents

Insane Animals

Written by George Heyworth and Liv Morris
Directed by Phillip McMahon

Based on fiction. Inspired by facts. Written in lipstick.

Making its world premiere at HOME, Insane Animals is an epic joyride from the dawn of civilisation to the sequinned near future. With the planet in chaos and humanity hurtling towards extinction, two hyper-glam aliens arrive on earth with a simple mission: to help the human species survive. But first they just have to figure out what makes humans human… how hard can it be?

This brand-new mind-bending, time-travelling musical comedy from “modern day music hall stars” (The Guardian) Bourgeois & Maurice is packed with songs that are satirical, sharp, side-splitting and salty, with a hero’s journey that is out of this world.

Cult cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice have racked up legions of fans around the world with their savage musical wit. This glittering production, directed by Phillip McMahon (of pop culture renegades THISISPOPBABY) sees Bourgeois & Maurice joined by a phenomenal cast of actor-musicians for a queer unravelling of past and present, fact and fiction, life and death. Held together with hairspray.

“It’s hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material.” – Time Out

“Like something out of mars attacks! by way of east London nightlife, B&M have worked their way up from the capital’s alt-cabaret scene to become modern day music hall stars.” – The Guardian

Presented in association with Supercreeps

Insane Animals is supported by Arts Council England
and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund



  • ★★★★ “Everything is dialled up to 11… Like eating several packets of space dust at once, washed down with a bottle of Mountain Dew, followed by a sing-song and a large G&T. Fast paced and very funny… Strike a pose and jump on board.” – I Love Manchester


    ★★★★ “Ambitious and stuffed with talent… A screamingly camp, epic space opera.” – The Stage


    ★★★★ “A romp of epic proportions through space and time almost literally dripping with kitsch, glitz and glamour… A glittery, multi-coloured whirlwind of a ride… Escapism beyond the normal dimensions of time, space, fashion and, occasionally, decency… Sharp and exquisitely performed.” – The Reviews Hub


    Insane Animals doesn’t stop shocking, entertaining or asking questions… With expert choreography, more-than-catchy songs and a filthy joke around every corner, Bourgeois and Maurice take you on a time-travelling tale of what it means to be human.” – Culture Calling


    “Gloriously glitzy, Colourfully camp… An intergalactic odyssey that aims to serve as an all-singing, all-dancing cure for mankind.” – Manchester Wire


    First rate… The sound and music are electrifying… Joyous, utterly bonkers and as camp as anything you will probably see this year. Or any year… Trust me, it’s brilliant.” – Big Issue North


    ★★★★ “A sequin-studded, thigh-high stomping, dazzling slice of escapism that genuinely has something for everyone.” – Quays Life


    ★★★★ “A silly, surreal, and smart musical, filled with great tunes, cracking one-liners, and great gags… An original, fun, entertaining romp where nothing is off limits and everything is fair game!” – Opening Night


    ★★★★★ “The step up from alternative cabaret duo to full-blown musical theatre could have been a stumbling block, but [Bourgeois & Maurice] have nailed it… A camp cult classic in the making… Cements Bourgeois & Maurice as top tier artists… I cannot wait to see where the drag aliens take us next on their quest to save humanity from itself.” – Upstaged Manchester


    “You get the impression [Bourgeois & Maurice] have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and it is truly deserved… You need to experience this for yourself, I can’t recommend this show highly enough.” – Canal Street


    “[Insane Animals] marks an impressive and successful expansion of Bourgeois & Maurice’s sensibility, deftly enhancing their work in a range of ways without losing any of their scabrous charm… Feels epic and homemade, funny and poignant, filthy and heart-warming… It’s funny and clever and packs a punch.” – Not Television


    ★★★★ “A musical like no other… Very funny, awash with talented actors, musicians, singers and dancers… You won’t be forgetting this one in a hurry that’s for sure.” – North West End


    ★★★★ “Utterly surreal… A tongue-in-cheek glittering neon firework ready to whisk you away… A perfect antidote to the increasingly depressing outside world.” – Leisure Gal


    “Witty fast paced lyrics and double entendres ricochet like alien laser beams as they stride around a tinfoil stage as though on a Parisian runway… The songs are witty, pithy and socially relevant, and delivered with gusto by the whole cast.” – Live Art Alive


    “A lot of fun and then packs in a little bit more… A baggy sense of optimism and a song to tap your pen to is close to guaranteed.” – FUSE FM


    “Lands in Manchester with the force of a cosmic meteor… It is great to see a theatre try something entirely fresh and original, the risk definitely paid off… Insane Animals is totally bonkers and immense fun.” – The Play’s The Thing


    “If you’re interested to see what could happen if The Rocky Horror Show met Flight of the Conchords in the TV room at Willy Wonka’s factory, then you’ll love this show. Insane Animals is inclusive and flamboyant… It is fast-paced, surprising, comedic and pointed – it’s just bloody brilliant.” – Harpy


    “Every bit as fun and colourful as I had expected it to be… A fun and wild spectacle.” – Mancunion


    “These two doyennes of the ‘alternative performance scene’ almost certainly have the makings of a mainstream theatrical hit on their artfully posed hands.” – Circles & Stalls


    “A riot, a pure joy… I’m not the biggest embracer of musicals but I was all over this one.” – Honorary Manc

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