- By: Andrew Iles
Animal is a play about anger management. One of its three characters, Pongo, has been living on the streets for 30 years and has volunteered to take part in a trial to test a new drug for anger management and riot control. Dr Lee is an aspiring psychiatrist with designs on the success of the new drug, TR14 (later known as Tranqton). And Elmo is a compassionate psychiatric nurse who has his own problems with anger.
The play takes place inside a beautiful house, at the heart of a London park. England is at war and politically unstable. Pharmaceutica, the fictitious drug company that is holding the trial, is desperate to get the drug licensed and preys upon the vulnerable. It is not so worried about the harm that the drug is doing to people like Pongo.
The play begins some way into Pongo's participation in the trial, with a