Marek Horn

Published by Nick Hern Books

1 Male 1 Female

Professor George Grey is world-renowned for her pioneering research into octopus intelligence.

Recently bereaved, her closest relationship these days is with her research subject: Frances, who resides in a large, purpose-built tank in George's campus accommodation.

But when ambitious anthropologist Harry enters her life, his breathtaking new theory threatens to tear her world apart in more ways than one…

A play for two actors – and one octopus – Octopolis by Marek Horn is a fascinating and funny exploration of love, grief and what makes us human.


"A grownup campus romcom, with profound and complex ideas about consciousness and intelligence" ~ The Guardian

"A tangled, tentacled tale... unabashedly cerebral" ~ The Times

"Engagingly offbeat... challenging ideas balanced with plenty of humour" ~ The Stage

"An intricately intellectual piece of theatre, diving headfirst into questions of sentience, religion, grief, and community from a uniquely smart writer... You could watch or read Octopolis several times over and continue to notice something new... Funny, touching, and surprising... it's an intimate two-hander that reveals itself to be about vastly expansive ideas... Marek Horn’s writing is probing and incisive... it manages to express very complex ideas, both academic and interpersonal, with a surprising lucidity, with moments of unexpected comedy... if you go to the theatre to think, to learn something, to do some introspection, it’s unmissable" ~ Broadway World


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