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My Arm – Warwick Arts Centre

Writer: Tim Crouch Director: Karl James Reviewer:  Nicole Evans Tim Crouch’s My Arm, at face value, is a superbly told intriguing story about a childhood exercise of attention-seeking determination that got out of hand. A first-person monologue of a thirty-something man who has lived most of his life with one arm held above his head to the detriment of his ...

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An Oak Tree – Bristol Old Vic Studio, Bristol

Writer: Tim Crouch Directors: Karl James and Andy Smith Reviewer: Kris Hallett Tim Crouch’sAn Oak Treeperhaps can claim to be the most influential play of the last decade. It’s challenging of form, its attempt to make a piece that could only ever work as theatre has influenced theatre makers as diverse as Chris Goode, Daniel Bye and the whole Forest ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: What Happens to the Hope at the End of the Evening – Peacock Theatre, Dublin

Writers: Tim Crouch and Andy Smith Director: Karl James Reviewer: Cormac O’Brien Ever since his breakthrough play, My Arm in 2002, Tim Crouch has pushed the boundaries of theatre making. Crouch’s work constantly raises probing questions about what theatre is for and why we go to it, delving deep into that complex relationship between the theatrical creation of meaning and ...

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Adler & Gibb – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Crouch Director: Tim Crouch with Karl James and Andy Smith Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Student Louise Mane is presenting her work to be considered for a scholarship, speaking of her admiration and love for the conceptual artist Janet Adler, in 2004. This is interspersed with scenes between a man and a woman ten years later. They stand completely still, ...

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Monkey Bars – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Chris Goode Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: May Mellstrom [Rating:4] “What is up with our generation?” asks a character in Chris Goode’s innovative play Monkey Bars. You may ordinarily expect the question to come from a disaffected adult but Monkey Bars is no ordinary play. Instead the query is that of a schoolboy and this is just one of many ...

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Monkey Bars – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Chris Goode (dialogues originated by Karl James) Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby [Rating: 4.5] The opening image of Monkey Bars is of a man sat on a luminous white box singing to a plate of green jelly. Not long after another man walks on stage dressed in his underpants wearing a balaclava and blows up a red ...

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I, Malvolio – The Peacock Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Tim Crouch Directors: Karl James &A Smith Reviewer: Ciara Murphy [Rating:4.5] Tim Crouch’s one-man show takes to the Peacock stage with a bang and blurs the lines between comedy and cruelty. Directed by Karl James and A Smith, and told from the perspective of Countess Olivia’s butler; Malvolio (Tim Crouch), I Malvolio brings a new vibrancy and humour to ...

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Monkey Bars – Drum Theatre, Plymouth

Writer &Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:4] The Drum Theatre at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth is currently home to Monkey Bars, a one act, verbatim piece of theatre using the words and thoughts of over seventy children aged between seven and ten. As a space, the Drum Theatre lends itself well to Monkey Bars, as we are often exposed ...

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