small hours

21 October

50 minsTeenage, AdultPWYD

Performance | Health & Medicine, Society, The Mind

Why do we need sleep? What happens when we go without it? The 50-minute play small hours probes the mysteries of human circadian rhythm, the daily pattern of wakefulness and sleep, and how this can be either disrupted or adjusted. Join this journey of self-exploration and see where it might lead you.

Written by Ava Wong Davies. Co-Produced by IF Oxford and Oxford Playhouse with scientific advice from the University of Oxford Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute. Performed by Mandala Theatre Company. Directed by Yasmin Sidhwa, Film by Ben Johnston.

small hours premieres at 7.30pm on Monday 19 October, and will be available to view until 8.30pm on Sunday 25 October. Book a ticket and you will be sent a link to allow you to watch the play at any time from the moment it premieres. Your ticket is valid for the whole period the play is available.


Join the creative and scientific teams who made small hours in a post-performance discussion on Sunday 25 October at 8.30pm. View discussion event.

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