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BRIGHTON FESTIVAL: Cooped – Worthing Pavilion Theatre.

Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Simon Topping 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Spymonkey, the UK’s leading physical comedy ensemble. Based in Brighton they comprise a core creative ensemble of five leading international artists – artistic directors Toby Park, Petra Massey and Aitor Basauri, and associate artists Stephan Kreiss and designer Lucy Bradridge. In celebration of this passing of time, in ...

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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 (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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The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s Dracula – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Tom Mallaburn, Phil Mulryne, Jon Edgley Bond, Cal McCrystal Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Michael Gray   Fringe favourites Fitzrovia Radio Hour bring their unique Dracula to the well-appointed 1930s wireless studio on the stage of the Mercury. It could be argued that the rough edges and the cheap and cheerful approach is part of their charm, but fortunately the ...

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Mr Whatnot – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.5] Alan Ayckbourn is known as one of the country’s most prolific and popular playwrights, yet Mr Whatnot, one of his earliest plays, remains little known. It was first produced in Stoke-on-Trent in 1963 and in an interview at the time Ayckbourn said: ‘”It has no message, no claims to anything ...

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Cooped – Royal & DerngateTheatre, Northampton

Creators: Cal McCrystal &SpyMonkey Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:5.0] Cooped was described by The Royal &Derngate in their pre-show literature as a pulp-gothic-romance. I would go further – it’s like Edgar Allan Poe on speed. Originally created back in 2001, it premiered in Brighton that July and enjoyed rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival of the same year. ...

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