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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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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 Flop, Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff

Director: Ben Pettit-Wade Company: Hijinx in association with Spy Monkey Reviewer: Beth Steer At just over an hour long, Hijinx and Spymonkey’s latest production, The Flop, is anything but. Charting the marriage of Marquis de Langey (Iain Gibbons) and Marie Sant-Simon (Jess Mabel Jones) in mid-1600s Paris, where impotence is illegal, and the King is revered, this fantastic piece of ...

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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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PULSE POINT #2: Our Pulse Festival Picks – 30 May to 4 June

There’s already been plenty of activity at Pulse 2016, with a huge variety of work shown across the opening weekend. There’s still plenty to see over the coming week, however, so our advice is clear your diary and feast on as much theatre as you can! If time is tight though, here are five shows you really shouldn’t miss this ...

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