Secret Life of Humans Edfringe

Inspired by Yuval Harari’s international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

In 1949, Dr Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year.

Following their sell-out production of Down & Out in Paris and London, multi-award winning New Diorama return to Pleasance with a World Premiere.

Secret Life of Humans is a co-production between New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre in association with the Pleasance. The production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and PRS For Music Foundation. 

PLEASE NOTE: These performances are taking place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, not at New Diorama Theatre. 


New Diorama is a pioneering Central London theatre that champions the work of the most exceptional emerging theatre companies from across the UK. Opened in 2010, our work has transferred to theatres both across the country and internationally, our programme has won many awards - including the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2016, Les Enfants Terribles Prize, the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director and The Stage Fringe Theatre of the Year 2017. / @newdiorama


★★★★ "An energetic production and superb script. Courageous and important. A significant and timely play". The Guardian

★★★★★ "The writing is outstandingly vivid and pointed. Despite its serious intent and sharp political messages, the production is fast-paced and funny, with some great ensemble acting by the actors as they skillfully switch characters. A subtle, effective piece of political theatre makes us feel. Highly relevant, highly reflective, and highly recommended." The Morning Star.

★★★★★ "It should be obligatory viewing for everyone." The Big Issue

★★★★★ “Strikingly staged, deftly acted and simultaneously hard-hitting and bitingly funny. A theatrical tour-de-force.” Broadway Baby