Secret Life of Humans

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 its sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival , London, Greenwich and New York five week runs, Secret Life of Humans, has been picked up by the English Theatre Frankfurt for its German premiere.

Written and directed by New Diorama’s Artistic & Executive Director David Byrne, and Richard Delaney, Secret Life of Humans will perform at English Theatre Frankfurt celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Inspired by Noah Yuval Harari’s International Bestseller SAPIENS: A brief history of humankind, the show is a co-production with Greenwich Theatre and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Cockayne Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation.


Cast and creatives




David Byrne and Richard Delaney


David Byrne


Composer, Sound Designer, VO Director


 Olivia Hirst, Suzy Kohane, Peter Clemens, Alex Wilson, Jamie Samuel

Pictures by Martin Kaufhold & Artwork by Igor Trkulja

★★★★ “Presented with brilliant imagination... strikingly accomplished, absorbing and enjoyable.” The Scotsman
★★★★ "Ambitious, intellegent and moving...unfolds with thriller-like precision with real visual flair." The Guardian
★★★★★ “Polished, visual and thought-provoking, a highlight of this year's Fringe.” FringeGuru
★★★★ "Bold, beautiful and utterly absorbing theatre, finding the thrilling drama inherent in the human story. It takes your breath away." The Stage
★★★★★ “Intellectually, visually & creatively astounding work." Miro Magazine

★★★★★ “A masterpiece...mesermising to watch. Nothing less than a theatrical triumph.” Broadway Baby