In 1961 at the University of Yale, Stanley Milgram, a 28-year-old graduate in in social psychology, conducted an experiment that stunned a world still coming to terms with the horrors of WWII, in which seemingly ordinary people committed appalling crimes against humanity.
In the now famous experiment, participants were asked to administer an electric shock to an innocent third party.
The third party was an actor, and the electric shocks weren’t real, but the willingness of the participants to follow orders, regardless of the pain they thought they were inflicting, was.
Paul Gilchrist’s new play takes the audience into that room in a comedy examining our need to comply and conform.
Gilchrist directs. Matthew Abotomey, Alison Benstead, Angus Evans, Sylvia Keays, Sonya Kerr, Mark Langham, Linda Nicholls-Gidley, Ash Sakha and Sheree Zellner feature.