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The Zoo Story

On February 23rd 2011 teachers and actors from our partner school in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, performed Edward Albee's classic one-act play.

The story, in simplest terms, is about how a man who is consumed with loneliness starts up a conversation with another man on a bench in New York's Central Park and eventually forces him to participate in an act of violence. Combining both realistic and absurd elements, Albee has constructed a short but multi-leveled play dealing with issues of human isolation, loneliness, class differences, and the dangers of inaction within American society. He focuses on the need for people to acknowledge and understand each other's differences. The Zoo Story continues to be a favourite with university and small theatre companies and persists in shocking and profoundly affecting its audiences.

The theme fits in perfectly with two topics of the English curriculum: human relationships and urban life.

Zoo Story 1


The ensemble premiered in Cardiff in December 2010 and wanted to take the play to Berlin because it had its very first performance ever in the Schiller Theater Werkstatt in our city.

This enterprise is just one of the many contacts the two schools have had since 2007.

Some more exchange activities can be found here.


Zoo Story 2


The leaflet of the show can be downloaded here.