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Cooped – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Cal McCrystal, Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey, Toby Park Director: Cal McCrystal Comedy four-piece Spymonkey are celebrating their 20-year anniversary and what better way to do so than with the revival of their 2001 show Cooped, what the cast have described as a “demented pulp gothic romance”, which believe you me only just about scratches the surface, as ...

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The Complete Deaths – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adapter/Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Composer:  Toby Park  Reviewer: Bill Avenell It all depends on your point of view. If silliness, clever ideas, slapstick, a bit of puerile humour and generally no sense of anything deep and meaningful leads to a good night out then The Complete Deaths is for you. If it is important to have a purpose ...

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The Complete Deaths – Hull Truck Theatre

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adaptor: Tim Crouch Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Initially staged in Northampton and Brighton, Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths now starts a two-month international tour at Hull Truck, a tour that takes in Italy as well as the UK before finishing up in Chicago. The international element is highly appropriate: Spymonkey consists of four accomplished clowns including ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Spymonkey – The Complete Deaths

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer &Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Glen Pearce Venue: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich   In just a couple of weeks, Sir Trevor Nunn will return to his hometown, Ipswich, and the New Wolsey Theatre stage to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the one Shakespeare play missing from his directorial canon. He’s got a tough act to follow, as closing out the ...

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The Complete Deaths – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Jess Rowe Ill-fitting the 400th anniversary of the decease of England’s greatest playwright; SpyMonkey, renowned for their physical comedy, have devised their own absurd creation inspired by the Bard’s famous narratives. Bringing together the ‘complete’ number (75) of onstage deaths, so no Lady Macbeth I’m afraid, deaths range from the bloodbath ...

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The Complete Deaths – Liverpool Playhouse

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Matt Forrest When the body of Richard III was unexpectedly found beneath a car park in Leicester back in 2013, it shocked the world;however, more shocking would be that, according to William Shakespeare, he died to the accompaniment of some hardcore techno music while looking for a horse wearing a gas ...

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The Complete Deaths (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapter and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Claire Hayes   First Mayfest brought us Dead Centre’s riff on Chekhov, now physical comedians Spymonkey introduce their take on Shakespeare – specifically the 75 deaths (counting the black ill-favoured fly in Titus Andronicus) performed onstage in his plays. Directed by Tim Crouch, it’s a unique examination of mortality that – ...

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Cooped – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer: Cal McCrystal and Spymonkey Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Edie R [rating:2.5] In his 1961 study of personality, American psychologist Gordon Allport found that 94% of participants surveyed thought that their sense of humour was average or above average – a statistical impossibility. Maybe that’s because we’re a race of egomaniacs, with an inflated conception of our own wit. Or ...

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