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Performed by

Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss,

Petra Massey & Toby Park

 

Directed and adapted by Emma Rice

 

Written by Carl Grose & Spymonkey

 

A co-production with

Royal & Derngate Northampton

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an attempt to escape their destiny in being all-too-widely recognised as the creators of some of the funniest, riotously surreal work of the last decade, Spymonkey turn their unique brand of inspired theatrical invention to the greatest of tragic tales in order to establish their legacy as the greatest tragic geniuses of their generation. Like Oedipus himself, however, they discover that eluding destiny is no mean feat.

 

‘‘REMARKABLE. POWERFUL. JOYFUL’’ The Times

 

 

Spymonkey’s hilariously inspired physical comedy combines with the playful storytelling verve of Kneehigh artistic director Emma Rice and writing partner Carl Grose to create an outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy. Inspired by Barbarella and a little bit of Bond, this is a tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family: a jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy.

 

 

‘‘BRILLIANT. RIOTOUS. SHOCKING. SPYMONKEY DELIVER’’

The Guardian

 

 

 

WINNER Argus Angel Award

Brighton Festival 2012

 

 

WARNING: Contains incest, violence, mutilation, strobes, nudity and chorus work.

 

Suitable for audiences 14+

 

Oedipussy features set design by Michael Vale (RSC, National Theatre, ENO), sumptuous costumes by longstanding Spymonkey collaborator Lucy Bradridge (Cirque du Soleil), lighting design by Phil Supple (Improbable, Electric Forest) and original music by Toby Park and Neil Filby.

 

 

 

 

‘‘IMPECCABLE FARCE, TIMED TO PERFECTION‘‘ What's On Stage

 

 

 

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council of England

Spymonkey's Oedipussy

The Times
8 Feb 2012

review
CRITICS CHOICE
'Remarkable. Powerful. Joyful' read review

 

Evening Standard
12 April 2012

review
CRITICS CHOICE
'Joyously inventive retelling of the Oedipus legend' read review

 

Scotsman
10 Oct 2013

review

'A show stuffed with talent, and a true sense of tragedy.' read review

 

The Guardian
10 Feb 2012

review
'Riotous laughter. Funny but shocking. Spymonkey deliver' read review

 

BroadwayWorld.com
17 Oct 2013

review
'The only scratching of your eyes you'll be doing is to wipe away the tears of laughter.' read review

 

Libby Purves, Theatrecat
17 Oct 2013

review
'Quite rare, quite wonderful, and not to be missed.' read review

 

Metro
16 April 2012

review
'So funny... Hellenic delirium' read review

 

Variety
12 April 2012

review
'Marvellously high-serious title song... Supremely witty costumes... Pulls off a major surprise' read review

 

British Theatre Guide
13 April 2012

review
'An outrageous night of comedy... Hilariously tasteless' read review

 

The Times
30 Jan 2012

Dominic Maxwell article
'If there's a funnier theatre company out there, I can't think of it' read article

 

Monkey Matters
13 April 2012

review
'Full-on theatre - go see' read review

 

WhatsOnStage
8 Feb 2012

review
'The clowning is, as always with this extraordinarily talented troupe, timed to perfection' read review

 

The Stage
8 Feb 2012

review
'Endlessly inventive' read review

 

The Public Reviews
8 Feb 2012

review
'Eclectic, cheeky, audacious and very funny. A fabulous night out' read review

 

Time Out
5 April 2012

interview
'What happens when clowns grow old' read article

 

Leicester Mercury
28 March 2012

review
'Audacious, eclectic and so brilliant' read review

 

Liverpool Echo
14 March 2012

review
8/10 'A unique and utterly nutty evening's entertainment' read review

 

Seven Streets Liverpool
14 March 2012

review
'We entered the Playhouse in a foul mood and left with a big stupid smile' read review

 

Liverpool Student Media
14 March 2012

review
'A surefire hit, one of the most enjoyable and laugh out loud evenings to make its way onto a stage in Liverpool' read review

 

Funny Looking Podcast
1 March 2012

podcast by Gav Cross
listen

 

Manchester Salon
19 March 2012

review
'Potent and provocative' read

 

Judging Jester blog
19 March 2012

review
'A fantastic night out, entertaining and fantastically crafted' read

 

London Calling
16 March 2012

preview
'Greek Tragedy on Acid' read

 

Merseyside Theatre Review
16 March 2012

review
'Oedipussy defies explanation. it simply works as a piece of theatre' read review

 

Liverpool Echo
9 March 2012

preview
Interview with Toby Park read preview

 

Liverpool Post
8 March 2012

preview
Interview with Carl Grose read preview

 

Oxford Times
8 Feb 2012

review
'Proves every bit as comical as it is tragical' read review

 

Northampton Chronicle & Echo
9 Feb 2012

review
'Masters of their craft' read review

 

Milton Keynes Citizen
9 Feb 2012

review
'Hysterically funny, subversive and brilliantly performed' read review

 

Canterchaos / Film Northants
8 Feb 2012

review
'Oedipussy - the man with the blindin' mum' read blog

 

Hilary Scott
8 Feb 2012

blog review
'Dazzling' read blog

4 MINUTE TRAILER

OEDIPUSSY: MAKING PHYSICAL COMEDY WORK

 

A short extract of our two-disc DVD, giving a unique insight into the creation of Oedipussy. Includes interviews with Spymonkey artistic directors Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey and Toby Park as they discuss their unique collaborative creative process, from first inspiration to final performance (and beyond), the influences on their work, the creative roles of director, writer and designers, and how they turned Sophocles’ most famous tragedy into a Bowiesque space ballad, an award-winning theatrical tour-de-force.

 

WHAT THE AUDIENCE THOUGHT

 

Reaction to the opening night at Royal & Derngate Northampton, January 2012

 

OEDIPUSSY IN REHEARSAL

 

Including interviews with Spymonkey and director Emma Rice, recorded at Royal & Derngate Northampton January 2012

 

Performed by Spymonkey:

Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey & Toby Park

 

Directed and Adapted by Emma Rice

 

Written by Carl Grose & Spymonkey

 

Costume Design Lucy Bradridge

 

Set Design Michael Vale

 

Lighting Design Phil Supple

 

Original Music Neil Filby & Toby Park

 

Sound Design Simon Baker

 

General & Production Manager Cath Bates

 

Assistant Director Ian Nicholson

 

Stage Manager Lyndsey Holmes / Panny Elrington

 

Production LX Donna Matthews / Barry Abbotts

 

Sound Andy Graham / Roger Volkart / Jo McIlwaine

 

Production Assistant Andrew McCabe

 

Poster Design Feast / Tork

 

Poster Illustration The Red Dress

 

Studio Stills Photography Alexis Chabala

 

Production Photography Johann Persson

 

 

 

thanks to

 

Martin Sutherland, Laurie Sansom and the Royal & Derngate staff

Heike Roesel, Judith Hibberd, Roger Browning & Boormans,

Chris Riddell, Roger Volkart, Miren Elorza, Falmer Thatch

Arts Council of England & everyone who plays the National Lottery

Sylvia & Edward Cunningham, Joanna Park

 

 

and special thanks to

 

  • for Petra: Tylex, Volterol, UCLH Osteoarthritis Clinic, Bingfield Primary Care Centre for Podiatry
  • for Toby: Boots Opticians Brighton
  • for Aitor: Walter Kerr, THC
  • for Stephan: Simvastatin, Thomapyrin, Iboprofen 600mg, Traumeel, all my tootpastes: elmex, aronal, elmex gel, elmex intensive gel, chlorhexamed

 

without whom this production would never have got made

 

 

Supported by the Arts Council of England through the National Lottery

 

A co-production with Royal & Derngate Northampton

 

 

 

 

 

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