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 run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, Secret Life of Humans, has been picked up by producers State-side and is transferring for a five week run at the 59E59 Theaters, New York.

Written and directed by New Diorama’s Artistic & Executive Director David Byrne, Secret Life of Humans will perform at the 59E59 Theaters as part of their annual Brits Off-Broadway season, following a five week run in London, at New Diorama and Greenwich Theatre.

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.




David Byrne and Kate Stanley


David Byrne


Composer, Sound Designer, VO Director


Richard Delaney, Olivia Hirst, Andy McLeod, Andrew Strafford-Baker, Stella Blue Taylor

Pictures by David Monteith-Hodge and Richard Davenport

★★★★ “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